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DOCVILLE 2017 is voorbij, de volgende editie is gepland tussen 21-29 maart 2018. Onderstaande informatie slaat op de editie van 2017.
DOCVILLE 2017 has passed, the next edition will be March 21-29th 2018. The information below refers to the 2017 edition.
In this Belgian co-production Raoul Peck starts from an unfinished novel by African American writer James Baldwin and travels through the black history of the civil rights movement in the 60's, connecting it to the current #BlackLivesMatter.
Anita, Rita, Ricardo and Andres have passed the age of 40, but they are still attending school. They go to a special school for children with Down syndrome. They are ready to stand on their own two feet but their surroundings do not know what to do with their personal desires. Director Maite Alberdi observed the 'young adults' in their surroundings with great empathy and compassion and interlaces the story of their growing frustration along with some comical, loving moments.
The Faroe Islands are an archipelago in the triangle Scotland-Norway-Iceland. The islanders have been living there for centuries of what nature has to offer them: seagulls and whales. But their way of living and existence are threatened from various fronts. Scottish director Mike Day received the award of Best Emerging Filmmaker at Hot Docs with this visually stunning documentary.
A Palestinian vet tries to replace the giraffes who died in the zoo where he works. But how can the only zoo in occupied territory create more space for its animals, when even if the people living there are confined to a small closed environment? Will the giraffes be a first step in overcoming the conflict between people? A completely different view on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
How technical is a spaceship? Two Denish men want to be the first amateurs sending a human into outer space and bring him back again. Amazingly, their first steps seem promising. But can human intelligence overcome human sensitiveness and clashing egos? Filmmaker Kestner shows the human side of one of the most complex technical challenges: building a spaceship.
'Robots will be the next 'people' and species on Earth and perhaps that day will come sooner than we expect'. For those unbelievers who are compassionately shaking their heads when reading this, Machine or Human Dreams can be a real eye-opener. Will robots ever be 'really' intelligent? And will we ever accept artificial intelligence? Roy Cohen goes out looking for answers…
De virtual reality-films zijn stilaan de kinderschoenen ontgroeid. Na de vele leuke experimentjes en technische spielerei, wordt steeds nadrukkelijker gefocust op inhoud. En op dat terrein biedt VR heel wat mogelijkheden, met name in de wereld van documentaire film. Nooit eerder was technologie zo efficiënt in het meenemen van publiek naar een andere wereld, in beeld en geluid. Afgesloten van de wereld rondom, onderga je documentaire film op de meest intense manier.
A woman's body is found in an abandoned house. Next to her body lie hundreds of clock-houses and a diary in which she precisely describes her last months. In that diary she warns any potential reader that when her body is found, police must be alerted. Not the local sheriff – because he is part of the conspiracy – but the FBI.
Many dream about it, but few really realize it. Let alone keeping up with it unceasingly for five years. Rolf and his family go on a world tour. Not so much for the adventure, but mostly as a spiritual journey, in search of the meaning of life. Filmed with just one camera and no crew, Down to Earth brings us not only a genuine story of a family that is detached from our consuming society, but above all an ode to nature, intriguing encounters and commitments to others.
Unexpected stories and scenes unfold behind the facades of our typical Flemish county roads. You will meet people leading less than ordinary lives: girls slowly undress to entice customers to consume more liquor, illegal residents without passports go from door to door to distribute free magazines at the break of dawn... Several awarded Flemish filmmakers - such as Fien Troch (Home) and Tim De Keersmaeker (No Man is an Island) - zoomed in on a piece of these paved roads and their well-preserved stories.
ARTES, powered by SABAM, has been a partner of DOCVILLE for many years and supports audiovisual authors through scholarships - financial support for young filmmakers. ARTES also coaches and advises new film talent. As in previous years, ARTES launches a New Talent Showcase. As a result, a number of talented and promising new documentary makers deserved a spot in this year's DOCVILLE program and will get the opportunity to show their work.
John McAfee became world-famous and stinking rich when he became the most famous anti-virus software creator ever. But he also became crazy. He suddenly identified himself as a yogi, and left all of his belongings to follow a group headed for Belize. In Belize he founded a commune with a very high “Heart of Darkness“ vibe. In 2012 he became the main suspect of a murder case and fled.
In 2040 artificial intelligence will be advanced to such an extent it will transcend the collective intelligence of mankind. Or at least, according to the theory of singularity. How realistic is this prophecy? A panel of experts will discuss how far in the process we are at the moment. What is A.I., machine learning, and what are the latest developments?
De virtual reality-films zijn stilaan de kinderschoenen ontgroeid. Na de vele leuke experimentjes en technische spielerei, wordt steeds nadrukkelijker gefocust op inhoud. En op dat terrein biedt VR heel wat mogelijkheden, met name in de wereld van documentaire film. Nooit eerder was technologie zo efficiënt in het meenemen van publiek naar een andere wereld, in beeld en geluid. Afgesloten van de wereld rondom, onderga je documentaire film op de meest intense manier.
Grands Travaux allows the viewer to walk along as a silent witness in a Dutch-speaking school in Brussels, that does not hold the best reputation. The documentary does more than focus on the school: it focuses on the students that inhabit it. How do young people prepare for life as a working man or woman? What keeps the students busy after school? Learn about the lives of a Brussels youngster today.
Many feel a calling, but very few are chosen. Making it in Hollywood remains the ultimate dream for those in the film-industry. Same goes for the five people followed by film-director Mike Ott in "California Dreams". In a rather comical manner, by means of a mixture of fiction and reality, Ott depicts the tragic but humorous reality of pursuing that "American dream".
A bizarre story of a stuntman who wants to jump across a river with his car and a musician making a special album about it: John Bolton perfectly combines both plot lines in a sassy and idiosyncratic documentary, titled Aim for the Roses. A must-see film called 'the craziest, weirdest, wildest and brightest documentary in years' in reviews worldwide.
In the textile factories of the Indian metropolis Gujarat, machines rumble unhindered while workers slave away in degrading conditions to earn the minimum to survive. For director Rahul Jain – himself a scion of a rich family of Indian textile industrialists – it was necessary to capture the reality of hard labour in long, bewitching shots. That makes it more difficult to look away – something we are often guilty of.
In 2009 the American artist Ed Ruscha stashed away a big fake stone - which he baptized Rocky II - in the Mojave Desert. Casually he wishes scriptwriter Piere Bismuth luck in his quest for the stone. Bismuth picks up the gauntlet and goes out to find the stone. Where is Rocky II? is a wonderful unconventional documentary Bismuth himself describes as 'fake fiction'.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney created an intriguing and infuriating exciting documentary about an elusive but real subject: the international war raging in cyber space. The film tells an hallucinatory and unsoothing tale any global citizen should watch. Because the knowledge to shut down everything all at once is already present, and unfortunately not always in the right hands.
Professor Christophe Matthys (UZ Leuven) presents his idea of a healthy and feasible Belgian diet during the DOCVILLE festival. Get rid of all the hipster diets, super foods and gluten free products and meals: what must or mustn't we and our children eat from a scientific point of view?
Bringing a child into the world is undoubtedly one of the most intense experiences of life. But within the context of poverty and a densely populated country, and at the same time an atmosphere of optimism and perseverance, you end up in the emotional roller coaster called Motherland. Probably one of the most intimate, but also most powerful films you will ever see. Obviously this documentary was praised and awarded at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
Everyone is always looking for happiness. But is it possible to improve your own happiness? Renowned graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister takes up the challenge and attempts to be happy by means of a number of experiments often cited in popular psychology. Do meditation, therapy or medication make people happier? The Happy Film will – at least for an hour and a half.
How to fake an old and expensive Bordeaux wine? Mix a few wines together, put a cork in the bottle, put the correct label on it and done! Unfortunately it is not that simple. Or is it? Rudy Kurniawan managed to get the job done several times. For years he managed to deceive the wine industry. Sour Grapes tells the exciting story of the largest wine fraud of all time - at least the largest one revealed up to now... Beware of a hangover!
De virtual reality-films zijn stilaan de kinderschoenen ontgroeid. Na de vele leuke experimentjes en technische spielerei, wordt steeds nadrukkelijker gefocust op inhoud. En op dat terrein biedt VR heel wat mogelijkheden, met name in de wereld van documentaire film. Nooit eerder was technologie zo efficiënt in het meenemen van publiek naar een andere wereld, in beeld en geluid. Afgesloten van de wereld rondom, onderga je documentaire film op de meest intense manier.
At a time when religion particularly carries the bitter aftertaste of extremism, Oscar winning Thomas Lennon provides us with a surprisingly enthusiastic and lively exploration of what faith means for the human being. A global collaboration between no less than 40 film crews brings a diverse and dynamic portrait of faith as an intense and varied human experience.
Does true love exist? Renowned director Alma Har'el seeks the answer to that life-question in three authentic love stories. Through a successful combination of fiction and reality she provides an elegant and original answer: an all-round experience only made stronger by the magnificent music of Flying Lotus. Actor Shia LaBeouf was so impressed he joined in as a producer.
10 years after the death of Chilean dictator Pinochet, director Andres Lubbert from Leuven brings the story of one of the many people whose lives have been touched by this turbulent period: Lubbert's own father. El Color del Camaleon is a story that not only talks about the past, but uses the past to show its impact on today's world. The story of a father that is seeking inner-peace and a son searching for answers in an open and sincere dialogue with his own father.
Immerse yourself in the fascinating story behind the legendary band The Stooges, including comments by the equally legendary front man Iggy Pop. Director of service is none other than Jim Jarmusch (Coffee and Cigarettes, Only Lovers Left Alive, Paterson), describing his own documentary as 'a love letter to possibly the greatest band in the history of rock 'n' roll'.
Is the price of wine an indication of its quality? Does a good wine have to be expensive? Can your nose pick out the million dollar bottle? Feel free to discover your talent with Our Daily Bottle Wine Club and put your senses to the test.
De virtual reality-films zijn stilaan de kinderschoenen ontgroeid. Na de vele leuke experimentjes en technische spielerei, wordt steeds nadrukkelijker gefocust op inhoud. En op dat terrein biedt VR heel wat mogelijkheden, met name in de wereld van documentaire film. Nooit eerder was technologie zo efficiënt in het meenemen van publiek naar een andere wereld, in beeld en geluid. Afgesloten van de wereld rondom, onderga je documentaire film op de meest intense manier.
Houston, We have a Problem! examines one of the lesser-known myths about the first moon landing: the fact that America only succeeded by purchasing a Yugoslav space program. Too peculiar to be true? Director Virc brings us a strong and surprising study showing us that anything is possible. Or isn't it?
A bizarre story of a stuntman who wants to jump across a river with his car and a musician making a special album about it: John Bolton perfectly combines both plot lines in a sassy and idiosyncratic documentary, titled Aim for the Roses. A must-see film called 'the craziest, weirdest, wildest and brightest documentary in years' in reviews worldwide.
The Bomb puts the viewer at the heart of the incredible power of nuclear weapons - the most dangerous machines ever built by man. This intense film explores the fascinating industry of nuclear weapons, from the Trinity Test in 1945 to the current state of nuclear technology. The immense and lethal force of nuclear weapons is indeed incomparable, resulting in people's gloomy fascination with and dark attraction to them.
Samen met de Davidsfonds Academie stelde DOCVILLE een uniek dagprogramma samen. De dag begint met onthaal met koffie & koffiekoeken, wordt geïntroduceerd door programmator van het festival mét rondleiding door de nieuwe zalen van het Vesaliuscomplex. Twee films staan er op het programma met uitgebreide nabesprekingen. Ook een broodjeslunch wordt voorzien. Tot slot krijgt iedere deelnemer een "goodie bag" van het festival mee.
In this Belgian co-production Raoul Peck starts from an unfinished novel by African American writer James Baldwin and travels through the black history of the civil rights movement in the 60's, connecting it to the current #BlackLivesMatter.
In this artistic investigative documentary about the gloomy world of international arms trade filmmaker Johan Grimonprez (Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, Double Take) seamlessly weaves talking heads, archival material and philosophical thoughts together. Shadow World is not only eye candy for the movie lover, but also an eye-opener and a wake-up call.
August 1, 1966. On the quiet campus of Texas University suddenly gunshots are heard. A confused man takes refuge behind the clock tower on top of the main building. He opens fire and shoots at random passersby. What follows is 1,5 hours of immense anxiety, meticulously reconstructed by former victims and witnesses: the boy who just cycled past, a journalist, police rushing to get to the scene, a pregnant woman... ordinary people whose lives changed radically while they learned they are capable of more than they imagined. The story is incisively portrayed with a rotoscoping filming technique, an animation procedure in which live action is interspersed with lots of media clips and archived material. This impressive film won the Audience Award at the SXSW film festival.
Anita, Rita, Ricardo and Andres have passed the age of 40, but they are still attending school. They go to a special school for children with Down syndrome. They are ready to stand on their own two feet but their surroundings do not know what to do with their personal desires. Director Maite Alberdi observed the 'young adults' in their surroundings with great empathy and compassion and interlaces the story of their growing frustration along with some comical, loving moments.
Houston, We have a Problem! examines one of the lesser-known myths about the first moon landing: the fact that America only succeeded by purchasing a Yugoslav space program. Too peculiar to be true? Director Virc brings us a strong and surprising study showing us that anything is possible. Or isn't it?
A bizarre story of a stuntman who wants to jump across a river with his car and a musician making a special album about it: John Bolton perfectly combines both plot lines in a sassy and idiosyncratic documentary, titled Aim for the Roses. A must-see film called 'the craziest, weirdest, wildest and brightest documentary in years' in reviews worldwide.
The Bomb puts the viewer at the heart of the incredible power of nuclear weapons - the most dangerous machines ever built by man. This intense film explores the fascinating industry of nuclear weapons, from the Trinity Test in 1945 to the current state of nuclear technology. The immense and lethal force of nuclear weapons is indeed incomparable, resulting in people's gloomy fascination with and dark attraction to them.
Amerikanen en BBQ horen bij elkaar zoals brood en boter. Binnen Amerika is het met stip de Texanen die alles op alles zetten op zoek naar het perfecte stukje slow roasted meat. For the Love of Meat bezoekt enkele van de top "BBQ Pit-Masters" uit Texas en gaat na wat hun geheim is om de perfectie na te streven. Een film om duimen en vingers van af te likken.
At the local primary school in the Dutch village Hapert in Brabant, Kiet teaches children of asylum seekers who fled from countries such as Iraq, Eritrea and Syria. At first sight, the children seem quite ordinary, but gradually the emotional injuries become visible, of which the heartbreaking scene in the gymnasium is a striking example. Their traumas and insecurities sometimes manifest themselves in expressions of fear and aggression, but in the care of the ever patient Mrs. Kiet the children are allowed to be a child again and play freely and fearlessly.
Subcultures often disappear as quickly as they arise. The Mod culture seems to be an exception. Besides London and Glasgow even Tokyo has its own Mod scene. This trilogy of music documentaries shows what this subculture represents and how it remains this popular. Discover what people are attrackted to in the music and fashion of the Mods.
De virtual reality-films zijn stilaan de kinderschoenen ontgroeid. Na de vele leuke experimentjes en technische spielerei, wordt steeds nadrukkelijker gefocust op inhoud. En op dat terrein biedt VR heel wat mogelijkheden, met name in de wereld van documentaire film. Nooit eerder was technologie zo efficiënt in het meenemen van publiek naar een andere wereld, in beeld en geluid. Afgesloten van de wereld rondom, onderga je documentaire film op de meest intense manier.
Full of wonderful and truly legendary images, Harry Benson brings us a new documentary: Shoot First, a true and honest portrait of the man behind many iconic photographs. A man who almost gave up everything for the ultimate picture, because 'a beautiful picture can never be taken back'. Wrapped in self-mockery he puts things into perspective and browses through his own 86-year-old workaholic life, experiences and creative work.
The Faroe Islands are an archipelago in the triangle Scotland-Norway-Iceland. The islanders have been living there for centuries of what nature has to offer them: seagulls and whales. But their way of living and existence are threatened from various fronts. Scottish director Mike Day received the award of Best Emerging Filmmaker at Hot Docs with this visually stunning documentary.
In addition to his work for Studio Brussels musical jack of all trades Lefto travels the world as a DJ. In Lefto - in Transit, he shows us in his own way some of the largest cities in the world. Do not expect tips about the typical sights and popular touristic places, but get ready to discover the underground scene in these cities. Experience how Lefto became a DJ with such a variety in musical taste.
Texas ... the proverbial capital of barbecue? Perhaps, but in Belgium we now hold our own. Sticky Fingers BBQ, the ultimate mecca for the loving supporters of the low and slow barbecue in Belgium, offers a tasting of their 'best-offs'. Ribs, pulled pork, Texas brisket, coleslaw with homemade lemonade or beer. Leuven will be briefly transforming into Texas.
Walk With Me gives us unprecedented access to a Zen Buddhist community of people who have given up their 'earthly' possessions. Their lives are completely focused on mindfulness, a way of living in which one tries to master the art of personal awareness taught by the famous Thich Nhat Hanh. Join them, together with Benedict Cumberbatch - narrator of the film, into a world of awareness, which also raises several questions and practical concerns.
Bringing a child into the world is undoubtedly one of the most intense experiences of life. But within the context of poverty and a densely populated country, and at the same time an atmosphere of optimism and perseverance, you end up in the emotional roller coaster called Motherland. Probably one of the most intimate, but also most powerful films you will ever see. Obviously this documentary was praised and awarded at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
De virtual reality-films zijn stilaan de kinderschoenen ontgroeid. Na de vele leuke experimentjes en technische spielerei, wordt steeds nadrukkelijker gefocust op inhoud. En op dat terrein biedt VR heel wat mogelijkheden, met name in de wereld van documentaire film. Nooit eerder was technologie zo efficiënt in het meenemen van publiek naar een andere wereld, in beeld en geluid. Afgesloten van de wereld rondom, onderga je documentaire film op de meest intense manier.
Some may consider the term "experimental film" to be a highbrow quality label, others may see a rather polite euphemism for “bad movie“. So what really is the significance of this vague term? And why is "experimental film" so hard to find today? Director Brecht Debackere looks for answers in the history of EXPRMNTL – once a legendary film festival and today the title of this fascinating documentary.
Everyone is always looking for happiness. But is it possible to improve your own happiness? Renowned graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister takes up the challenge and attempts to be happy by means of a number of experiments often cited in popular psychology. Do meditation, therapy or medication make people happier? The Happy Film will – at least for an hour and a half.
What was to be an ordinary 'making of' documentary about Nick Cave's new album Skeleton Tree, became an intense portrait of a suffering artist, after the unexpected death of his son. Uniquely combining the creative process and his personal tragedy, One More Time with Feeling offers you the chance to get dragged into the world of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.
Arno Hintjens needs little introduction. The enigmatic rock legend is still intact and still attracts full concert halls after his musical career of 40 years. Director from the city of Ghent, Pascal Poissonnier, managed to follow the singer for two years to look into the dancing, transverse and compulsive head of Arno.
Many dream about it, but few really realize it. Let alone keeping up with it unceasingly for five years. Rolf and his family go on a world tour. Not so much for the adventure, but mostly as a spiritual journey, in search of the meaning of life. Filmed with just one camera and no crew, Down to Earth brings us not only a genuine story of a family that is detached from our consuming society, but above all an ode to nature, intriguing encounters and commitments to others.
The 13-year-old Magnus wants to be world champion in chess. He surprises the world by beating 10 of the world's best players at the age of 25, being blindfolded! Director Benjamin Ree zooms in on the Magnus force that makes him exceptional: his intuition. An amazing film showing that being a genius often has nothing to do with analysis, but with sense, intuition and feeling.
Nowadays everyone wishes to lead a healthier life. But which food is best and healthiest? The answers to this question are very diverse and could make you sick to the stomach, even thinking about it. In Defense of Food is a documentary based on the eponymous book by award-winning journalist Michael Pollan, in which he examines what is best for us to eat in order to stay healthy. So put aside all nutrition gurus and join in on the very down-to-earth arguments of Pollan.
How to fake an old and expensive Bordeaux wine? Mix a few wines together, put a cork in the bottle, put the correct label on it and done! Unfortunately it is not that simple. Or is it? Rudy Kurniawan managed to get the job done several times. For years he managed to deceive the wine industry. Sour Grapes tells the exciting story of the largest wine fraud of all time - at least the largest one revealed up to now... Beware of a hangover!
Ben jij de volgende Magnus Carlsen? Neem dan zeker deel aan het vriendschappelijk tornooi snelschaken (partij van max. 10 minuten) voor kinderen (<12). Een versnapering en drankje worden voorzien door het festival, evenals de allereerste DOCVILLE schaaktrofee. Onder begeleiding van René Creemers van Leuven Centraal vzw.
After two months of filming in chilling cold weather in Antarctica, Luc Jacquet returns with a second documentary that captures the life of penguins. And what a picture! It was filmed from all sides: using drones and submarines, all in high definition 4K. The first film focused on the mating ritual of the penguin, but in this amazing sequel the courageous filmmaker explores the 'vocation' or 'call' of this magnificent animal.
How wide the range or selection of exotic fruits may seem at your local hypermarket: it is only a fraction of the available fruit that is eaten in the rest of the world. In collaboration with BUD Holland (one of the main importers of exotic fruits and vegetables in Europe) the festival offers you a taste of a fine selection of fruits you have probably never even heard of, let alone have tasted.
If you ever felt the urge to stick your hand right through the screen and in to the movie, now would be the time! When following the hunters on their amazing and fascinating journey through the surprisingly unfamiliar world of fruit gathering, one wishes to pick a piece of fruit himself. Award-winning filmmaker Yung Chang takes you on a cultural fruit journey. Apart from discovering various kinds of fruit, he also experiences and learns what it means to be a 'fruit hunter'. It is rather mind-boggling to what extent some people go to find the perfect fruit…
Burnout, bore out, fade out, depression... The relationship between work and private life has become a hot topic in recent years. From Business to Being is not so much an indictment, as it is an inspiring quest. Three managers are in search of a personal way to achieve greater enthusiasm and more authenticity in their lives and their work. A film that makes you stop and think about your own life, perhaps giving hope and inspiration to do things differently from now on.
Anita, Rita, Ricardo and Andres have passed the age of 40, but they are still attending school. They go to a special school for children with Down syndrome. They are ready to stand on their own two feet but their surroundings do not know what to do with their personal desires. Director Maite Alberdi observed the 'young adults' in their surroundings with great empathy and compassion and interlaces the story of their growing frustration along with some comical, loving moments.
An adult eagle can get up to 7 kg and is therefore not a small cuddly bird. Nevertheless, Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, is not afraid to hold them. She decides to become a female eagle hunter, against all odds and the (all male) tradition. In The Eagle Huntress filmmaker Otto Bell combines breathtaking cinematography of an almost unreal and beautiful landscape with a heartwarming story about changing social structures.
Houston, We have a Problem! examines one of the lesser-known myths about the first moon landing: the fact that America only succeeded by purchasing a Yugoslav space program. Too peculiar to be true? Director Virc brings us a strong and surprising study showing us that anything is possible. Or isn't it?
Onze The relationship and balance between work and private life have been placed under extreme and increasing pressure. Burnout, bore out, depression... these disorders and illnesses cannot be denied any longer.
Few things on earth are as wonderful and vital as seeds. Since the dawn of humanity, seeds have been cherished and seen as little specks full of life, containing and delivering the source of all existence. Like little time capsules they contain the history of all cultures. In addition, seeds offer us the prehistoric resources and commodities of our food, clothing, medication... They are, in short, the germs of life itself. But why do we handle them so carelessly at times?
'Before the world became the world, it was an egg. Inside the egg it was dark. The rat nibbled the egg and let the light in. And the world began', as goes the beginning of Rat Film. The film shows the city of Baltimore from a rat's point of view. Like any other big city, Baltimore has a rat problem. Or is it a people problem? For who is actually trapped in a cage? The rat or the humans?
A Palestinian vet tries to replace the giraffes who died in the zoo where he works. But how can the only zoo in occupied territory create more space for its animals, when even if the people living there are confined to a small closed environment? Will the giraffes be a first step in overcoming the conflict between people? A completely different view on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
An increasing workload, operating rooms that are overmanned and surgeons who increasingly need to run production. For two years, Belgian director Jérôme Le Maire followed a team of French doctors in operating rooms of a famous Paris hospital. What he came back with was a hallucinatory image: Burning Out is a red, hot alarm that sounds, emphasizing that these conditions cannot continue.
Director Joakim Demmer was absolutely stunned when he saw this dreadful paradox at the airport in Ethopia: exhausted workers were loading food, intended for export to Europe, while another team was unloading imported food aid, intended for inland distribution. His bewilderment soon gave way to anger. Demmer was immensely frustrated and angry to witness the results and injustice of land grabbing, which is nothing less than a modern form of colonization.
De virtual reality-films zijn stilaan de kinderschoenen ontgroeid. Na de vele leuke experimentjes en technische spielerei, wordt steeds nadrukkelijker gefocust op inhoud. En op dat terrein biedt VR heel wat mogelijkheden, met name in de wereld van documentaire film. Nooit eerder was technologie zo efficiënt in het meenemen van publiek naar een andere wereld, in beeld en geluid. Afgesloten van de wereld rondom, onderga je documentaire film op de meest intense manier.
After almost 50 years of teaching, eccentric teachers John and Amanda are retiring from Headfort, a boarding school in Ireland for kids aged 7 - 12. Together they have passionately taught for years, following their own mantra of "Reading. Rithmetic. Rock and roll“. It is impossible to not be fully engaged with these teachers passionately pursuing their career in a unique environment. Renowned directors Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane deliver a welcome, moving, positive message from the world of education.
Belgian artist Jan Fabre has the honour of being the first living artist to be allowed to organize an art show in the renowned State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in Russia. But there is a lot involved in a large-scale exhibition. Director Wannes Peremans offers a unique insight in both the pros and cons of one of the most important museums in the world, as well as in Jan Fabre's personal life.
What if everyone got an unconditional basic income? Would people still work? Or would we all prefer laziness and watching TV over honest working, thus confirming the stereotypical prejudices and justifying the public fear? And would the government be able to pay for all of it? What would the implications be from an economic, political and ethical point of view? Until recently, these questions were completely unmentionable or too far-fetched, but today they have become more present than ever.
Springtime 1973 in Leuven. At the Old Market a group of musicians gathers: Armand Hombroeckx, Jean-Marie Aerts, Raymond van het Groenewoud, Kris De Bruyne, Stoy Stoffelen, Luc Tegenbos, Jokke Kerkhofs, Erik Neygen and about 20 other musicians posing for a photograph soon gaining an iconic status. But why gather in Leuven? Did they all happen to be at the Old Market that day? Or is there more to it?
De virtual reality-films zijn stilaan de kinderschoenen ontgroeid. Na de vele leuke experimentjes en technische spielerei, wordt steeds nadrukkelijker gefocust op inhoud. En op dat terrein biedt VR heel wat mogelijkheden, met name in de wereld van documentaire film. Nooit eerder was technologie zo efficiënt in het meenemen van publiek naar een andere wereld, in beeld en geluid. Afgesloten van de wereld rondom, onderga je documentaire film op de meest intense manier.
A woman's body is found in an abandoned house. Next to her body lie hundreds of clock-houses and a diary in which she precisely describes her last months. In that diary she warns any potential reader that when her body is found, police must be alerted. Not the local sheriff – because he is part of the conspiracy – but the FBI.
At a time when religion particularly carries the bitter aftertaste of extremism, Oscar winning Thomas Lennon provides us with a surprisingly enthusiastic and lively exploration of what faith means for the human being. A global collaboration between no less than 40 film crews brings a diverse and dynamic portrait of faith as an intense and varied human experience.
Never ever have we watched more porn than nowadays. With the rise of the internet and websites with amateur videos, the porn industry was subject to large changes. That is, behind many of these websites not a group of amateurs, but in fact a large multinational is holding the reins. How can a group of computer programmers without any experience hijack the entire adult web industry? And what are the consequences? Director and former porn star Ovidie wants to find out.
John McAfee became world-famous and stinking rich when he became the most famous anti-virus software creator ever. But he also became crazy. He suddenly identified himself as a yogi, and left all of his belongings to follow a group headed for Belize. In Belize he founded a commune with a very high “Heart of Darkness“ vibe. In 2012 he became the main suspect of a murder case and fled.
Everyone is always looking for happiness. But is it possible to improve your own happiness? Renowned graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister takes up the challenge and attempts to be happy by means of a number of experiments often cited in popular psychology. Do meditation, therapy or medication make people happier? The Happy Film will – at least for an hour and a half.
At a time when religion particularly carries the bitter aftertaste of extremism, Oscar winning Thomas Lennon provides us with a surprisingly enthusiastic and lively exploration of what faith means for the human being. A global collaboration between no less than 40 film crews brings a diverse and dynamic portrait of faith as an intense and varied human experience.
Ulrich Seidl, the master of the wonderful but uncomfortable documentary, examines the trophy hunting phenomenon of the white tourists in Africa. With the use of stylized pictures and his usual insidious humour, he portrays the process of these meaningless massacres and tries to grasp the motivations behind the dreadful act of trophy hunting.
'Robots will be the next 'people' and species on Earth and perhaps that day will come sooner than we expect'. For those unbelievers who are compassionately shaking their heads when reading this, Machine or Human Dreams can be a real eye-opener. Will robots ever be 'really' intelligent? And will we ever accept artificial intelligence? Roy Cohen goes out looking for answers…
How can ordinary citizens stand up to ISIS? The group 'Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently' (RBSS) uses a special form of warfare in the fight against ISIS: journalism. Oscar-nominated director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) follows the group of journalists in their valiant attempt to refute the misinformation terrorists continue to use in their battle. The impact on the lives of activists is massive.
De virtual reality-films zijn stilaan de kinderschoenen ontgroeid. Na de vele leuke experimentjes en technische spielerei, wordt steeds nadrukkelijker gefocust op inhoud. En op dat terrein biedt VR heel wat mogelijkheden, met name in de wereld van documentaire film. Nooit eerder was technologie zo efficiënt in het meenemen van publiek naar een andere wereld, in beeld en geluid. Afgesloten van de wereld rondom, onderga je documentaire film op de meest intense manier.
Every country has its local heroes and super fans, but in Japan they take it – as usual – one step further. “Idols” are young teenage girls who rarely sing or play an instrument, but have become immensely popular because of their "cute and innocent" appearance. And their super fans? They devote their lives completely to their favourite idol.
Mark Linkous, tragic cult figure and driving force behind the group Sparklehorse, led a dramatic life with many ups and downs, which is reflected in his music. He was a modest man, a real gentleman, but he struggled with addiction and severe depression, which eventually drove him to suicide. Musically he balanced between country, psychedelic pop and punk and felt like no other, a balance between sweet nostalgia and brutal noise. Angela Faye Martin, a friend of Linkous, is our guide in this portrait of a brilliant and diverse musician who comes to life in the conversations including Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), John Parish, Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid) and Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev).
You cannot miss Research Roulette at the Weten & Geweten (Knowing & Conscience) series at the DOCVILLE festival! No screening, but a series of short presentations, videos and lectures presented and given by a team of specialists, led by Dirk Draulans and initiated by rector Rik Torfs. Research Roulette will bring you up to speed in no time, informing you about the progress of recent scientific top-notch Belgian research. A unique insight into a fascinating world.
The 13-year-old Magnus wants to be world champion in chess. He surprises the world by beating 10 of the world's best players at the age of 25, being blindfolded! Director Benjamin Ree zooms in on the Magnus force that makes him exceptional: his intuition. An amazing film showing that being a genius often has nothing to do with analysis, but with sense, intuition and feeling.
De virtual reality-films zijn stilaan de kinderschoenen ontgroeid. Na de vele leuke experimentjes en technische spielerei, wordt steeds nadrukkelijker gefocust op inhoud. En op dat terrein biedt VR heel wat mogelijkheden, met name in de wereld van documentaire film. Nooit eerder was technologie zo efficiënt in het meenemen van publiek naar een andere wereld, in beeld en geluid. Afgesloten van de wereld rondom, onderga je documentaire film op de meest intense manier.
At a neonatal ward mother Laurence and her very premature twins fight an exhausting and intense battle: a fight for survival. Life to Come is an intimate portrait of a life full of hope for improvement, fatigue, frustration and fear of death. It is a movie which shows a lot, but also raises questions about life in its early stages and what it means for children and parents.
Full of wonderful and truly legendary images, Harry Benson brings us a new documentary: Shoot First, a true and honest portrait of the man behind many iconic photographs. A man who almost gave up everything for the ultimate picture, because 'a beautiful picture can never be taken back'. Wrapped in self-mockery he puts things into perspective and browses through his own 86-year-old workaholic life, experiences and creative work.
August 1, 1966. On the quiet campus of Texas University suddenly gunshots are heard. A confused man takes refuge behind the clock tower on top of the main building. He opens fire and shoots at random passersby. What follows is 1,5 hours of immense anxiety, meticulously reconstructed by former victims and witnesses: the boy who just cycled past, a journalist, police rushing to get to the scene, a pregnant woman... ordinary people whose lives changed radically while they learned they are capable of more than they imagined. The story is incisively portrayed with a rotoscoping filming technique, an animation procedure in which live action is interspersed with lots of media clips and archived material. This impressive film won the Audience Award at the SXSW film festival.
Many feel a calling, but very few are chosen. Making it in Hollywood remains the ultimate dream for those in the film-industry. Same goes for the five people followed by film-director Mike Ott in "California Dreams". In a rather comical manner, by means of a mixture of fiction and reality, Ott depicts the tragic but humorous reality of pursuing that "American dream".
Does true love exist? Renowned director Alma Har'el seeks the answer to that life-question in three authentic love stories. Through a successful combination of fiction and reality she provides an elegant and original answer: an all-round experience only made stronger by the magnificent music of Flying Lotus. Actor Shia LaBeouf was so impressed he joined in as a producer.
In this Belgian co-production Raoul Peck starts from an unfinished novel by African American writer James Baldwin and travels through the black history of the civil rights movement in the 60's, connecting it to the current #BlackLivesMatter.
Nowadays everyone wishes to lead a healthier life. But which food is best and healthiest? The answers to this question are very diverse and could make you sick to the stomach, even thinking about it. In Defense of Food is a documentary based on the eponymous book by award-winning journalist Michael Pollan, in which he examines what is best for us to eat in order to stay healthy. So put aside all nutrition gurus and join in on the very down-to-earth arguments of Pollan.
Through the eyes of children about to be adults, Simon Gillard brings the nomadic life of a colourful West-African Fulani peoples to life. Boli Bana is a sensory film that takes you all the way to West-Africa, where you can almost taste the fabric of the savanna on your lips while the sun burns your skin.
In Western civilization the female orgasm is often shrouded in mystery. In Rwanda, however, it is literally legendary. According to an old legend, Lake Kivu – one of the Great Lakes in Africa – was formed by the orgasmic flood of a queen. Intrigued by this legend radio presenter Vestine is bound to investigate the secrets of female sexuality and wishes to bring a respectful tribute to female pleasure with a broad smile and without the slightest diffidence or trepidation.
Never ever have we watched more porn than nowadays. With the rise of the internet and websites with amateur videos, the porn industry was subject to large changes. That is, behind many of these websites not a group of amateurs, but in fact a large multinational is holding the reins. How can a group of computer programmers without any experience hijack the entire adult web industry? And what are the consequences? Director and former porn star Ovidie wants to find out.
De virtual reality-films zijn stilaan de kinderschoenen ontgroeid. Na de vele leuke experimentjes en technische spielerei, wordt steeds nadrukkelijker gefocust op inhoud. En op dat terrein biedt VR heel wat mogelijkheden, met name in de wereld van documentaire film. Nooit eerder was technologie zo efficiënt in het meenemen van publiek naar een andere wereld, in beeld en geluid. Afgesloten van de wereld rondom, onderga je documentaire film op de meest intense manier.
A panel of experts (nutrition, allergies, HACCP...) will be answering all your questions concerning food: can you freeze spinach or does it become toxic? Is celery a helpful cure for impotence? Is cane sugar healthier than beet sugar? Should we use sea salt instead of rock salt? Is red wine good or bad for the heart? Are super foods really that super? (in Dutch)
'All governments lie', was the ominous slogan of the legendary American investigative journalist I.F. Stone, inspiring a group of stubborn journalists wanting to do in-depth and independent research. Popular and mainstream media, however, refuse to spend money and time to this kind of profound investigative research.
Canvas, partner van DOCVILLE sinds mensenheugnis en de documentaire film zeer genegen, presenteert ieder jaar een eigen programma op het festival. Dit jaar viel de keuze op 4x7. 4x7 is een documentaire reeks waarbij elke aflevering bestaat uit 4 korte documentaires van 7 minuten. Die hebben één ding gemeen: het zijn dwingende verhalen die de maker om een of andere reden moét vertellen.
In Russia, everything is possible on the road, so everyone is driving around with a dash cam. It is an insurance against unwarranted claims, but also a means against corrupt police officers. The main character of this long trip of dash cam videos is not a famous person, but the everyday Russian man or woman on the street, or rather road.
De virtual reality-films zijn stilaan de kinderschoenen ontgroeid. Na de vele leuke experimentjes en technische spielerei, wordt steeds nadrukkelijker gefocust op inhoud. En op dat terrein biedt VR heel wat mogelijkheden, met name in de wereld van documentaire film. Nooit eerder was technologie zo efficiënt in het meenemen van publiek naar een andere wereld, in beeld en geluid. Afgesloten van de wereld rondom, onderga je documentaire film op de meest intense manier.
Every country has its local heroes and super fans, but in Japan they take it – as usual – one step further. “Idols” are young teenage girls who rarely sing or play an instrument, but have become immensely popular because of their "cute and innocent" appearance. And their super fans? They devote their lives completely to their favourite idol.
Can football make a difference? L'Etranger zooms in on the coach and young footballers of BX Brussels, a social and sporting project started by Vincent Kompany. Moussa – who emigrated from Senegal not so long ago – is a coach for the boys both on and off the field. L'Etranger follows them through wins and losses, respect and cultural differences, sportsmanship, friendship and quarrel. Will Moussa manage to keep the group together and achieve results? Or will the problems take the upper hand?
After almost 50 years of teaching, eccentric teachers John and Amanda are retiring from Headfort, a boarding school in Ireland for kids aged 7 - 12. Together they have passionately taught for years, following their own mantra of "Reading. Rithmetic. Rock and roll“. It is impossible to not be fully engaged with these teachers passionately pursuing their career in a unique environment. Renowned directors Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane deliver a welcome, moving, positive message from the world of education.
In navolging van het Deense project uit de documentaire Real Food for Real People startte Vredeseilanden met een proefproject in een aantal Vlaamse scholen, waaronder in Leuven. Het project Good Food @ School propageert een duurzaam voedingsbeleid door productie, bereiding en consumptie binnen het grondgebied van de betrokken stad te houden. Leerlingen van alle leeftijden worden op alle niveaus betrokken. Mevr. Annelies Houpline van Vredeseilanden en trekker van het project in Leuven komt samen met Mohamed Ridouani (Leuvense Schepen van Onderwijs en Leefmilieu), Laura Zuallaert (Real Food for Real People) en Kwinten De Paepe (o.v.) het project toelichten en de documentaire bespreken.
After two months of filming in chilling cold weather in Antarctica, Luc Jacquet returns with a second documentary that captures the life of penguins. And what a picture! It was filmed from all sides: using drones and submarines, all in high definition 4K. The first film focused on the mating ritual of the penguin, but in this amazing sequel the courageous filmmaker explores the 'vocation' or 'call' of this magnificent animal.
An adult eagle can get up to 7 kg and is therefore not a small cuddly bird. Nevertheless, Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, is not afraid to hold them. She decides to become a female eagle hunter, against all odds and the (all male) tradition. In The Eagle Huntress filmmaker Otto Bell combines breathtaking cinematography of an almost unreal and beautiful landscape with a heartwarming story about changing social structures.
Director Joakim Demmer was absolutely stunned when he saw this dreadful paradox at the airport in Ethopia: exhausted workers were loading food, intended for export to Europe, while another team was unloading imported food aid, intended for inland distribution. His bewilderment soon gave way to anger. Demmer was immensely frustrated and angry to witness the results and injustice of land grabbing, which is nothing less than a modern form of colonization.
The 13-year-old Magnus wants to be world champion in chess. He surprises the world by beating 10 of the world's best players at the age of 25, being blindfolded! Director Benjamin Ree zooms in on the Magnus force that makes him exceptional: his intuition. An amazing film showing that being a genius often has nothing to do with analysis, but with sense, intuition and feeling.
How can ordinary citizens stand up to ISIS? The group 'Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently' (RBSS) uses a special form of warfare in the fight against ISIS: journalism. Oscar-nominated director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) follows the group of journalists in their valiant attempt to refute the misinformation terrorists continue to use in their battle. The impact on the lives of activists is massive.
In the textile factories of the Indian metropolis Gujarat, machines rumble unhindered while workers slave away in degrading conditions to earn the minimum to survive. For director Rahul Jain – himself a scion of a rich family of Indian textile industrialists – it was necessary to capture the reality of hard labour in long, bewitching shots. That makes it more difficult to look away – something we are often guilty of.
Professor Christophe Matthys (UZ Leuven) presents his idea of a healthy and feasible Belgian diet during the DOCVILLE festival. Get rid of all the hipster diets, super foods and gluten free products and meals: what must or mustn't we and our children eat from a scientific point of view?
Nowadays everyone wishes to lead a healthier life. But which food is best and healthiest? The answers to this question are very diverse and could make you sick to the stomach, even thinking about it. In Defense of Food is a documentary based on the eponymous book by award-winning journalist Michael Pollan, in which he examines what is best for us to eat in order to stay healthy. So put aside all nutrition gurus and join in on the very down-to-earth arguments of Pollan.
'All governments lie', was the ominous slogan of the legendary American investigative journalist I.F. Stone, inspiring a group of stubborn journalists wanting to do in-depth and independent research. Popular and mainstream media, however, refuse to spend money and time to this kind of profound investigative research.
De virtual reality-films zijn stilaan de kinderschoenen ontgroeid. Na de vele leuke experimentjes en technische spielerei, wordt steeds nadrukkelijker gefocust op inhoud. En op dat terrein biedt VR heel wat mogelijkheden, met name in de wereld van documentaire film. Nooit eerder was technologie zo efficiënt in het meenemen van publiek naar een andere wereld, in beeld en geluid. Afgesloten van de wereld rondom, onderga je documentaire film op de meest intense manier.
After three years of insisting, the German filmmaker Reiner Hölzemer was granted permission to follow the Flemish fashion designer Dries Van Noten in his work and life. Van Noten, whose style is characterized by warm colors, exquisite prints, embroidery and elegant cuts is one of the last independent fashion designers, thus occupying a unique position in the fashion designing landscape. He has been at the top for 25 years, and many of his collections can be nominated as iconic.
On an island in the Mediterranean Sea, near the European border, a group of refugees settles in a classroom where a teacher (Valentijn Dhaenens) awaits them. A threefold welcoming speech unfolds: initially dismissive and sobering, then full of empathy and good will, and finally full of complex rules and incomprehensible procedures they will have to comply with.
When the end is near, life raises the biggest of questions. Research shows that palliative care patients and their families often struggle with existential and spiritual questions, and aid workers are not always able to answer them, nor reassure the patients. In this DOCVILLE + session we will be focusing on this particular aspect of palliative care in Flanders.
August 1, 1966. On the quiet campus of Texas University suddenly gunshots are heard. A confused man takes refuge behind the clock tower on top of the main building. He opens fire and shoots at random passersby. What follows is 1,5 hours of immense anxiety, meticulously reconstructed by former victims and witnesses: the boy who just cycled past, a journalist, police rushing to get to the scene, a pregnant woman... ordinary people whose lives changed radically while they learned they are capable of more than they imagined. The story is incisively portrayed with a rotoscoping filming technique, an animation procedure in which live action is interspersed with lots of media clips and archived material. This impressive film won the Audience Award at the SXSW film festival.
When a child has gone missing for years, what goes running through its parents' heads? Director Mathijs Vleugels depicts the uncertainty and heartache of the people involved in the child's absence and does so in a creative and poetic manner. He entices the viewer when following a police force trying to shed light on a lost young boy, named Tim, who disappeared in 2003.
De virtual reality-films zijn stilaan de kinderschoenen ontgroeid. Na de vele leuke experimentjes en technische spielerei, wordt steeds nadrukkelijker gefocust op inhoud. En op dat terrein biedt VR heel wat mogelijkheden, met name in de wereld van documentaire film. Nooit eerder was technologie zo efficiënt in het meenemen van publiek naar een andere wereld, in beeld en geluid. Afgesloten van de wereld rondom, onderga je documentaire film op de meest intense manier.
Few things on earth are as wonderful and vital as seeds. Since the dawn of humanity, seeds have been cherished and seen as little specks full of life, containing and delivering the source of all existence. Like little time capsules they contain the history of all cultures. In addition, seeds offer us the prehistoric resources and commodities of our food, clothing, medication... They are, in short, the germs of life itself. But why do we handle them so carelessly at times?
'Before the world became the world, it was an egg. Inside the egg it was dark. The rat nibbled the egg and let the light in. And the world began', as goes the beginning of Rat Film. The film shows the city of Baltimore from a rat's point of view. Like any other big city, Baltimore has a rat problem. Or is it a people problem? For who is actually trapped in a cage? The rat or the humans?
Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney created an intriguing and infuriating exciting documentary about an elusive but real subject: the international war raging in cyber space. The film tells an hallucinatory and unsoothing tale any global citizen should watch. Because the knowledge to shut down everything all at once is already present, and unfortunately not always in the right hands.
'All governments lie', was the ominous slogan of the legendary American investigative journalist I.F. Stone, inspiring a group of stubborn journalists wanting to do in-depth and independent research. Popular and mainstream media, however, refuse to spend money and time to this kind of profound investigative research.
What if everyone got an unconditional basic income? Would people still work? Or would we all prefer laziness and watching TV over honest working, thus confirming the stereotypical prejudices and justifying the public fear? And would the government be able to pay for all of it? What would the implications be from an economic, political and ethical point of view? Until recently, these questions were completely unmentionable or too far-fetched, but today they have become more present than ever.
In this Belgian co-production Raoul Peck starts from an unfinished novel by African American writer James Baldwin and travels through the black history of the civil rights movement in the 60's, connecting it to the current #BlackLivesMatter.
After almost 50 years of teaching, eccentric teachers John and Amanda are retiring from Headfort, a boarding school in Ireland for kids aged 7 - 12. Together they have passionately taught for years, following their own mantra of "Reading. Rithmetic. Rock and roll“. It is impossible to not be fully engaged with these teachers passionately pursuing their career in a unique environment. Renowned directors Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane deliver a welcome, moving, positive message from the world of education.
At the local primary school in the Dutch village Hapert in Brabant, Kiet teaches children of asylum seekers who fled from countries such as Iraq, Eritrea and Syria. At first sight, the children seem quite ordinary, but gradually the emotional injuries become visible, of which the heartbreaking scene in the gymnasium is a striking example. Their traumas and insecurities sometimes manifest themselves in expressions of fear and aggression, but in the care of the ever patient Mrs. Kiet the children are allowed to be a child again and play freely and fearlessly.
How technical is a spaceship? Two Denish men want to be the first amateurs sending a human into outer space and bring him back again. Amazingly, their first steps seem promising. But can human intelligence overcome human sensitiveness and clashing egos? Filmmaker Kestner shows the human side of one of the most complex technical challenges: building a spaceship.
Does true love exist? Renowned director Alma Har'el seeks the answer to that life-question in three authentic love stories. Through a successful combination of fiction and reality she provides an elegant and original answer: an all-round experience only made stronger by the magnificent music of Flying Lotus. Actor Shia LaBeouf was so impressed he joined in as a producer.
After three years of insisting, the German filmmaker Reiner Hölzemer was granted permission to follow the Flemish fashion designer Dries Van Noten in his work and life. Van Noten, whose style is characterized by warm colors, exquisite prints, embroidery and elegant cuts is one of the last independent fashion designers, thus occupying a unique position in the fashion designing landscape. He has been at the top for 25 years, and many of his collections can be nominated as iconic.
On an island in the Mediterranean Sea, near the European border, a group of refugees settles in a classroom where a teacher (Valentijn Dhaenens) awaits them. A threefold welcoming speech unfolds: initially dismissive and sobering, then full of empathy and good will, and finally full of complex rules and incomprehensible procedures they will have to comply with.
De virtual reality-films zijn stilaan de kinderschoenen ontgroeid. Na de vele leuke experimentjes en technische spielerei, wordt steeds nadrukkelijker gefocust op inhoud. En op dat terrein biedt VR heel wat mogelijkheden, met name in de wereld van documentaire film. Nooit eerder was technologie zo efficiënt in het meenemen van publiek naar een andere wereld, in beeld en geluid. Afgesloten van de wereld rondom, onderga je documentaire film op de meest intense manier.
The ever closed, strict communist North Korea welcomed its first western rock band in 2015. And the honour went to... Laibach. Who? A Slovenian band that brings neoclassical covers of cheesy songs like Live is Life and The Final Countdown. A funny and improbable story, despite (or just because of) its absurdity, giving a lot of information about North Korea and its ambiguous relationship with the West.
Ulrich Seidl, the master of the wonderful but uncomfortable documentary, examines the trophy hunting phenomenon of the white tourists in Africa. With the use of stylized pictures and his usual insidious humour, he portrays the process of these meaningless massacres and tries to grasp the motivations behind the dreadful act of trophy hunting.
In 2009 the American artist Ed Ruscha stashed away a big fake stone - which he baptized Rocky II - in the Mojave Desert. Casually he wishes scriptwriter Piere Bismuth luck in his quest for the stone. Bismuth picks up the gauntlet and goes out to find the stone. Where is Rocky II? is a wonderful unconventional documentary Bismuth himself describes as 'fake fiction'.
The ever closed, strict communist North Korea welcomed its first western rock band in 2015. And the honour went to... Laibach. Who? A Slovenian band that brings neoclassical covers of cheesy songs like Live is Life and The Final Countdown. A funny and improbable story, despite (or just because of) its absurdity, giving a lot of information about North Korea and its ambiguous relationship with the West.
In Russia, everything is possible on the road, so everyone is driving around with a dash cam. It is an insurance against unwarranted claims, but also a means against corrupt police officers. The main character of this long trip of dash cam videos is not a famous person, but the everyday Russian man or woman on the street, or rather road.
De virtual reality-films zijn stilaan de kinderschoenen ontgroeid. Na de vele leuke experimentjes en technische spielerei, wordt steeds nadrukkelijker gefocust op inhoud. En op dat terrein biedt VR heel wat mogelijkheden, met name in de wereld van documentaire film. Nooit eerder was technologie zo efficiënt in het meenemen van publiek naar een andere wereld, in beeld en geluid. Afgesloten van de wereld rondom, onderga je documentaire film op de meest intense manier.