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Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2023
Modern Times Review at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, a leading force in Southeast Europe, celebrates the art of documentary through a program of films, events and initiatives. TDF is an Oscars® eligible Festival.
The 25th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival takes place from 2 to 12 March.
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Under bombs, an aspiring video journalist finds herself facing self-reckoning as the unexpected narrator of her own destiny.
Director: Niki Padidar
Encounters with three other «new comers» to the Netherlands, the film turns the spotlight on all of us as it ponders questions of belonging, who gets exclusion, and the constant reaffirmation of outsider status.
Director: Ahsen Nadeem
After decades of living a secret life, a filmmaker travels to a Japanese monastery in an exploration of truth, faith and love.
Director: Vitaly Mansky, Yevhen Titarenko
A gut-wrenching glimpse of the brutal realities of life and death on the Eastern front in Ukraine's fight to keep back Russian invaders.
Director: Jumana Manna
The petty politics of Palestinian persecution – seen through the lens of age-old traditions of foraging for medicinal herbs.
Director: Ralph Arlyck
A nostalgic love letter for the irreversible passing of time by one of the figureheads of American independent documentary.
Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Following waste across the planet and the endless struggle of people to gain control over it.
Director: Jan Baumgartner
We do not only find bones. We find stories. Lives once lived. Keeping an emotional distance is not always easy.
Director: Lidia Duda
Three children learn to cope with their first year at the boarding school for visually impaired and blind children.
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Sergei Loznitsa’s sombre documentary, The Natural History of Destruction, re-examines the heavy bombing of British and German cities during World War Two, posing the question – ‘is it morally acceptable to kill civilian populations as a means of war?’
Director Anneta Papathanassiou speaks with Modern Times Review on her forthcoming film Laughing in Afghanistan.