Aged 24, Mortaza fled Afghanistan after he had been sentenced to death by the religious authorities. After 12 years on a clandestine journey, he reaches France, the country where he hopes to find a home. A poetic glimpse into the dreams, doubts and hopes of a man without a country on his way from Kabul to Paris.
In recent years, documentaries have evolved significantly due to technological, social and economic shifts, impacting both storytelling and design. This symposium, organized by LUCA School of Arts and DOCNomads, focuses on these evolutions in documentary making.
In recent years, documentaries have evolved significantly due to technological, social and economic shifts, impacting both storytelling and design. This symposium, organized by LUCA School of Arts and DOCNomads, focuses on these evolutions in documentary making.
Innocent playful behavior or sexual harassment and abuse of power? For some the boundary is crystal clear, for others there is a gray area. Popular Norwegian politician Trond Giske was on his way to become the next prime minister. Until he was accused of transgressive behavior. He still dismisses the matter as innocent thoughtlessness. Is the boundary of transgressive behavior set in stone?
Trenches and stylized black and white photography. It feels as if we are being catapulted back to the last century, but alas. Since 2014, Ukrainian soldiers have been fighting pro-Russian separatists while diplomats - nowhere near the frontlines - negotiate precarious ceasefires. Experienced war journalist and photographer Loup Bureau spent months documenting life in the Ukrainian trenches just a few miles from their enemy.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Mark Cousins ​​('The Story of Film') prepares for surgery to restore his sight. It makes him reflect on the role that vision has in our lives. This fascinating journey through the history of seeing reveals how our way of looking has changed over time. Cousins ​​confirms he is a master in selecting the most delightful images in film history.
The screening on 23.03 is part of the Opening Night and will be followed by a Q&A with the directors..
Writer Sylvain Tesson and renowned wildlife photographer Vincent Munier travel to the Tibetan plateau in search of one of the most shy animals on earth: the snow leopard. During the long wait in arctic temperatures, Tesson wonders who is watching who. Director Marie Amiguet manages to translate the story of the quest into delightful images, the soundtrack by Warren Ellis and Nick Cave make the film a hypnotic viewing experience.
This Oscar-nominated documentary explores the paradox that characterizes contemporary China: a communist country that plays the card of capitalism like no other. The rise in prosperity in recent decades has been so enormous that the regime likes to flaunt 'the Chinese dream'. Forget the US, China is now the country where anyone can strike gold and which takes a global leadership position. An impressionistic portrait of the various shapes of the Chinese dream.
For four years, Oscar-winning director Andrea Arnold filmed dairy cow Luma and looked at the world from her point of view. It brings animals we rarely think about so close - literally and figuratively - that it becomes a unique encounter, a true insight into their consciousness. Not a romanticized Disney version, but a lifelike introduction to the reality of the dairy cow, with both the beauty and the challenges of their lives.
Manipulating the clouds so that it will rain where it is needed. A Finnish specialist in geo-engineering enthusiastically joins a very expensive scientific project in the United Arab Emirates, where she is an outsider as the only woman. Gradually, she begins to question the real purpose behind the scientific research. Is it about increasing water security in a drought-stricken country? Or about creating new military applications?
Charismatic Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek emerges as an overwhelming yet masterful guide in this highly original take on the great films of cinema history. Why are the birds in 'The Birds' after the blond Novak? And where does the mystery man in 'Lost Highway' come from? Is cinema a Freudian slip in which the viewer indulges his perversion? A unique tour through film history.
In recent years, documentaries have evolved significantly due to technological, social and economic shifts, impacting both storytelling and design. This symposium, organized by LUCA School of Arts and DOCNomads, focuses on these evolutions in documentary making.
Pitch sessions are ubiquitous in the audiovisual sector and often the first step in getting a project to become reality. But where exactly do you start? During this interactive workshop you will learn how to present an idea clearly and convincingly to your target audience.
Is it possible to imitate the human brain on a computer? Or to connect it to machines? The advanced discoveries since the beginning of the 21st century are increasingly bringing science fiction into reality. A fascinating insight into the philosophical and social consequences of contemporary progressive scientific research.
Deep in the Amazon jungle, Henrik, a former Danish soldier, tries to find relief from his post-traumatic stress disorder. After being let down by the classical treatments, he has withdrawn to the jungle all by himself. Far from everything and with the help of medicinal plants, this scarred soul battles against his demons, surrounded by both the tranquility and the madness of the jungle.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner collected more than 10,000 clipped and carefully cataloged photographs from The New York Times. Based on these photos, the director tells the history of his city, his own story and that of his impressive archive. A playful film essay in which a news junkie pays tribute to a time when news reports had not yet been devalued into fleeting snapshots of time.
For the first time since fleeing Afghanistan, the homosexual Amin wants to tell his story. He has kept it a secret for 20 years and remains cautious: his story is told in a successful combination of animation and archive footage. This gripping quest for identity, security and acceptance was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for no fewer than three Oscars.
Birth, illness and death are universally recognized as inherent parts of life. But does this really have to be the case? Not if it's up to the visionaries in this pragmatic science fiction documentary. They want to take human evolution into their own hands and use transhumanistic technologies to put an end to the limits that nature has always imposed on us as humans. A fascinating glimpse into a possible future where the aspect 'fiction' has disappeared from science fiction.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
The screening on 24.03 is followed by a Q&A with Jeroen D'hoe, professor popmusic (KU Leuven).
Kenny G is the best-selling instrumentalist of all time and one of the best known, but also most hated. Fantastic music for some, kitschy muzak for others. In what is more than a simple biography, Penny Lane creates not only the life story of the popular saxophonist, but also a - sometimes delightfully ironic - essay on the difference between high and low art, good or bad taste, genres and popularity, marketing and music criticism.
The screening of 24.03 is followed by a Q&A with the director and with attorney Roger Cox.
While alarm bells are being sounded all over the world by climate activists and experts, polluting multinationals and neglectful governments show no sign of actually waking up. Until the day a Dutch lawyer writes world history with the law as a weapon. This thrilling courtroom drama follows Roger Cox as he battles Shell and other major players. He paved the way for a new kind of climate activism. A hopeful and inspiring story that shows how one person can really make a difference.
Visual artist Fiona Tan explores the boundaries of film and photography, of fiction and documentary with this ode to Japan's Mount Fuji, which consists solely of photographs. A versatile portrait that not only brings the iconic mountain to life, but also reflects on the differences between the Eastern versus the Western gaze and the eternal mountain versus changeable man.
The screening on 24.03 is followed by a Q&A with the director.
Holy Cross Boys Primary School is located in the heart of Ardoyne, a residential area of ​​Belfast with a somewhat dodgy reputation. Drugs, crime and relentless sectarian violence manifest themselves in the knife, gun, and petrol bomb - certainly not a place to raise children. Yet eccentric school principal Kevin McArevey and his dedicated, visionary team are convinced they can turn the tide with… philosophy! Armed with the wisdom of the old masters, the children question their parents' entrenched prejudices.
30 years after his award-winning film 'JFK', Oliver Stone trades fiction for documentary to analyze the staggering history of the Kennedy assassination. He uses archive images that have been released more recently and new analyses of older archive images. An investigative documentary about a murder that shocked the world.
The Return: Life After ISIS tells the mind-boggling story of two girls who left their country to join ISIS. When they decide to return, they are rejected by everyone. Alba Sotorra portrays this moving story in an impressive portrait that will give you a lump in your throat mercilessly.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
Live to work or work to live? In Japan, employees often seem to have no choice. In a society where labor is central, there is little time left for private or family life. The faceless workers are all too often seen as replaceable cogs in the labor system. In her debut film, artist Pacheco gives the anonymous employee a voice in a special way.
The Lost and Found Office in the heart of Paris is the last resort for anyone who has lost something important in the city of lights. It takes some effort to find your things there: long queues, paperwork and a lot of patience for detailed descriptions. But the ultimate hope of recovering the lost object makes up for it all. The stories of the lost items and the circumstances in which they were lost offer a very intimate and surprisingly fascinating insight into everyday life.
Welcome to Riotsville, a model town built by the US military to train troops in handling major riots on their own soil. Why are these towns being built? Are your fellow citizens the enemy? Why the need to militarize the police like this? This unique film - built entirely from archive material - offers the sobering answer.
Professional documentary makers traditionally gather on the last day of DOCVILLE for the annual Day of the Doc. An exciting round-up of the state of affairs of Flemish documentary film, followed by the pitch of several pre-selected projects.
An intoxicating musical journey through the history of the most charismatic and influential island of dance music. An uplifting story of hedonism, spirituality and music, but also of commercialization and gentrification that challenges the bohemian heart of Ibiza. Let yourself be carried away in this tantalizing visual and musical immersion in the soul of Ibiza.
This Oscar-nominated documentary explores the paradox that characterizes contemporary China: a communist country that plays the card of capitalism like no other. The rise in prosperity in recent decades has been so enormous that the regime likes to flaunt 'the Chinese dream'. Forget the US, China is now the country where anyone can strike gold and which takes a global leadership position. An impressionistic portrait of the various shapes of the Chinese dream.
Professional documentary makers traditionally gather on the last day of DOCVILLE for the annual Day of the Doc. An exciting round-up of the state of affairs of Flemish documentary film, followed by the pitch of several pre-selected projects.
Spending 22 years behind bars and then being acquitted for a crime you never committed. It happened to Curtis McCarthy. But even after his release, the nightmare does not end. This special documentary is a masterclass in filmmaking. The director surprisingly succeeds in making a visually captivating author's film by using only extreme close-ups.
The special route that marble takes - from extraction to end product - is surprising and characteristic of today's global economy. The marble starts out as a rough block and ends up as a Hellenistic sculpture or fridge magnet, from Greece to China and back again. In a playful and ironic way, it hints at the dark sides and absurdism of the global economy, neoliberalism and consumerism.
For the first time since fleeing Afghanistan, the homosexual Amin wants to tell his story. He has kept it a secret for 20 years and remains cautious: his story is told in a successful combination of animation and archive footage. This gripping quest for identity, security and acceptance was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for no fewer than three Oscars.
The Lost and Found Office in the heart of Paris is the last resort for anyone who has lost something important in the city of lights. It takes some effort to find your things there: long queues, paperwork and a lot of patience for detailed descriptions. But the ultimate hope of recovering the lost object makes up for it all. The stories of the lost items and the circumstances in which they were lost offer a very intimate and surprisingly fascinating insight into everyday life.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
The endearing, unconventional and brilliant scientist Oliver Sacks is known to the general public for the film adaptation of one of his most famous books, 'Awakenings'. The man who spoke so captivatingly about his patients told his own story for the first time at the age of 81, six months before he died. He was an outsider in his field, but also in his life he colored outside the lines. A moving and very fascinating portrait of and about the world's most famous neurologist’s adventurous life.
The screening of 25.03 is followed by a Q&A with prof. Wim Van Criekinge UGent.
Birth, illness and death are universally recognized as inherent parts of life. But does this really have to be the case? Not if it's up to the visionaries in this pragmatic science fiction documentary. They want to take human evolution into their own hands and use transhumanistic technologies to put an end to the limits that nature has always imposed on us as humans. A fascinating glimpse into a possible future where the aspect 'fiction' has disappeared from science fiction.
The screening on 25.03 is followed by Docville Plus: Youth Services 2.0 (in Dutch).
What if care does not care? Jason testifies about the year he spent in a closed youth center in the Netherlands. He gets vulnerable by allowing himself to be followed honestly and openly during his current, intensive trauma treatment. It is clear for Jason: no matter the intentions, locking up young people does not help. On the contrary. A captivating and personal portrait that raises important questions about how youth care currently functions.
A special road movie shot entirely in the Moscow metro and filmed over an entire year. A documentary film that observes cultural and social issues in contemporary Russia in an original way. The often richly decorated metro stations are the perfect backdrop for the theater of everyday life, with the most diverse characters and its big and small dramas.
Fungi have a lot to tell us and it's about time we listened. Various enthusiasts - united by their fascination for fungi - are looking for answers to various contemporary questions. Fungus activists, mushroom seekers and pickers, scientists, cultivators and spiritual seekers talk about the wonderful world of fungi, where not only practical solutions can be found, but also special life lessons.
What drives a man to climb mountain peaks at a height where every small mistake can be fatal? 23-year-old climber Marc-André Leclerc prefers to climb alone, far away from the spotlight. Yet two filmmakers want to follow him in this impressive and at the same time intimate documentary. A dazzling cinematic experience that pays a heartfelt tribute to the unimaginable achievements of a visionary climber and his burning passion for the mountains.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
Should our youth care be thoroughly rethought? What works well and what goes wrong in the current mode of operation? Is it a utopian thought that every young person could receive the care they need? Or is it a perfectly achievable reality that we can work towards?
Rivers are the arteries of our planet, they are crucial to our planet and to human history. Over time, rivers have shaped our landscapes and our culture. With extraordinary cinematography and an impressive soundtrack, this film shows rivers from new and unique perspectives. A musical and cinematographic ode to their strength, diversity, transformative capacity and indispensability for us as human beings.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Mark Cousins ​​('The Story of Film') prepares for surgery to restore his sight. It makes him reflect on the role that vision has in our lives. This fascinating journey through the history of seeing reveals how our way of looking has changed over time. Cousins ​​confirms he is a master in selecting the most delightful images in film history.
Charismatic Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek emerges as an overwhelming yet masterful guide in this highly original take on the great films of cinema history. Why are the birds in 'The Birds' after the blond Novak? And where does the mystery man in 'Lost Highway' come from? Is cinema a Freudian slip in which the viewer indulges his perversion? A unique tour through film history.
An intoxicating musical journey through the history of the most charismatic and influential island of dance music. An uplifting story of hedonism, spirituality and music, but also of commercialization and gentrification that challenges the bohemian heart of Ibiza. Let yourself be carried away in this tantalizing visual and musical immersion in the soul of Ibiza.
Replacing taxes on labor with taxes on capital, reducing CO2 emissions to zero, separating social media and news sites, avoiding information bubbles, requiring transparency of algorithms, teaching a history of humanity: the result of ten days of reflection by a think tank of fifteen experts. Discover the solutions that came from some of the greatest minds joining forces.
“We are free to determine what we do and who we are”. The concept of free will is perhaps the most fundamental in our understanding of who we are as humans. However, this idea has been debated since ancient times and contemporary insights are downright sobering. Are we really free in our thoughts and actions? And what are the consequences if the answer to this question is not unequivocally yes?
Kenny G is the best-selling instrumentalist of all time and one of the best known, but also most hated. Fantastic music for some, kitschy muzak for others. In what is more than a simple biography, Penny Lane creates not only the life story of the popular saxophonist, but also a - sometimes delightfully ironic - essay on the difference between high and low art, good or bad taste, genres and popularity, marketing and music criticism.
For the first time since fleeing Afghanistan, the homosexual Amin wants to tell his story. He has kept it a secret for 20 years and remains cautious: his story is told in a successful combination of animation and archive footage. This gripping quest for identity, security and acceptance was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for no fewer than three Oscars.
Two ordinary Danish men manage to infiltrate North Korea's illegal international trade network, something even the CIA has not yet managed to do. In this real life spy thriller, DOCVILLE familiar Mads Brügger follows a special duo on their ten year long undercover mission: a former chef and a convicted businessman expose an international network that produces and trades weapons and drugs for North Korea.
1970, two weeks before Christmas. Right at this time the communist regime in Poland decides to raise prices of some essential products. The result: one of the largest and bloodiest protests the country has ever seen. Behind the scenes, those in power plan the suppression and subsequent cover-up of the protest. Recently rediscovered telephone recordings are combined with stop-motion animation, forming a particularly original and, above all, exciting portrait of a power crisis.
In 1992, an explosive cocktail of structurally unpunished police brutality and racial tension resulted in deadly riots lasting six days. The concrete reason for the riots was the acquittal of the officers who arrested taxi driver Rodney King with extreme violence. 25 years later, directors Daniel Lindsay and T. J. Martin reflect on these traumatic events for National Geographic through archival footage, news items and unseen footage.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
The screening on 26.03 is followed by a Q&A with the director.
Which laws are the most important? State laws or moral rules? The figure of Antigone has, since ancient times, represented the moral resistance of the individual against the unshakable state apparatus that does not participate in ethics. This documentary combines images of recent political events with Žižek's very own way of thinking. Is today's Antigone personified by the populist, anti-migration politicians, or by those who oppose them? Who plays which role in the "Greek tragedy" that we are currently undergoing?
Is followed by a Q&A with the director.
Every day the Carlingford ferry takes people back and forth between Northern Ireland and Ireland. The border hides deep in the sea, invisible to the people on the boat. During the short voyage across the high seas, various stories, thoughts and musings emerge. A kaleidoscopic story based on how an imaginary line is reflected in people's everyday life and thoughts.
Uber, Amazon, Deliveroo, … Millions of people around the world work for the global gig economy managed by multinationals. This industry is worth more than USD 5 trillion and is growing steadily every year. But what is the cost of this? This poignant raising of awareness about flex workers provides a sobering reality check.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
The screening on 26.03 is followed by a Q&A with Filip de Mey (author of 'Cold Case Kennedy' and 'The Lee Harvey Oswald Files').
30 years after his award-winning film 'JFK', Oliver Stone trades fiction for documentary to analyze the staggering history of the Kennedy assassination. He uses archive images that have been released more recently and new analyses of older archive images. An investigative documentary about a murder that shocked the world.
The screening of 26.03 is followed by a Q&A with the director.
Luc, Mia and Anja are three pigs who are part of a social neighborhood project. On a small piece of no man's land they process the food surpluses from the neighborhood. A noble initiative that starts out for the pigs as a bit of heaven on earth. But as the seasons progress, the fairy tale becomes more and more grim. The camera brings us up to eye level with Luc, Mia and Anja and also observes human beings alongside them. 'New Pigs on the Block' is a tenderly confrontational film that shows the ambiguous relationship between humans and animals in an unseen way.
The screening of 26.03 is followed by Docville Plus: Women support women?
Do women still need feminism in 21st century Western Europe? What has changed in recent decades? What remains persistently present? Are there brand new painful issues? A candid film for men and women about what it means to be a woman in our society.
Discover the world of table setting as a competitive sport, an eccentric hobby and statement art. Think of richly decorated tables with (sometimes) controversial messages, a thorough attention to detail, but above all a lot of passion. Misplace a fork, and you can forget the big prize during 'the Olympics of Table Setting' in California. Nine characterful participants take you on an entertaining and surprisingly exciting mix of competitiveness, drama, passion and humor.
Rivers are the arteries of our planet, they are crucial to our planet and to human history. Over time, rivers have shaped our landscapes and our culture. With extraordinary cinematography and an impressive soundtrack, this film shows rivers from new and unique perspectives. A musical and cinematographic ode to their strength, diversity, transformative capacity and indispensability for us as human beings.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
The endearing, unconventional and brilliant scientist Oliver Sacks is known to the general public for the film adaptation of one of his most famous books, 'Awakenings'. The man who spoke so captivatingly about his patients told his own story for the first time at the age of 81, six months before he died. He was an outsider in his field, but also in his life he colored outside the lines. A moving and very fascinating portrait of and about the world's most famous neurologist’s adventurous life.
Does it still matter in our society whether you are a man or a woman? According to the law, there should be perfect equality. But are there still differences in reality? And if so, are those differences a problem? What does practice teach us about the impact of being a woman?
A special road movie shot entirely in the Moscow metro and filmed over an entire year. A documentary film that observes cultural and social issues in contemporary Russia in an original way. The often richly decorated metro stations are the perfect backdrop for the theater of everyday life, with the most diverse characters and its big and small dramas.
His students are between twelve and fourteen years old, they come from more than twelve countries, some barely speak German. But Master Bachmann looks for that which unites them, he stimulates their imagination and inspires with music and language. His job is not only to teach these youngsters the necessary dose of mathematics, language and science, he also has to prepare them for the next grade and by extension, life. This Silver Bear winner is a warm tribute to the kind of teacher you wish every child.
Replacing taxes on labor with taxes on capital, reducing CO2 emissions to zero, separating social media and news sites, avoiding information bubbles, requiring transparency of algorithms, teaching a history of humanity: the result of ten days of reflection by a think tank of fifteen experts. Discover the solutions that came from some of the greatest minds joining forces.
Two ordinary Danish men manage to infiltrate North Korea's illegal international trade network, something even the CIA has not yet managed to do. In this real life spy thriller, DOCVILLE familiar Mads Brügger follows a special duo on their ten year long undercover mission: a former chef and a convicted businessman expose an international network that produces and trades weapons and drugs for North Korea.
All over the world, ambitious young football players train for one goal: to win a medal at the Norway Cup, the largest international sports tournament for children. From China to Brazil, from Palestine to Tanzania: for the young people who come to Oslo, the tournament is much more than a sporting experience. It's not just about winning, it's about letting go of the known and discovering a new world. Dive into the overwhelming teenage world with this feel-good coming-of-age film.
On 27.03 there is simultaneously a children's workshop philosophizing with children (in Dutch).
Holy Cross Boys Primary School is located in the heart of Ardoyne, a residential area of ​​Belfast with a somewhat dodgy reputation. Drugs, crime and relentless sectarian violence manifest themselves in the knife, gun, and petrol bomb - certainly not a place to raise children. Yet eccentric school principal Kevin McArevey and his dedicated, visionary team are convinced they can turn the tide with… philosophy! Armed with the wisdom of the old masters, the children question their parents' entrenched prejudices.
The screening on 27.03 is introduced by Robin Broos, author of The Original Soundtrack.
A lengthy interview with maestro Ennio Morricone is the basis for this portrait of the extraordinary life and work of the legendary Italian composer. He wrote iconic film scores for classics such as 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly', 'The Mission' and 'The Untouchables'. 'Ennio' offers a rare glimpse into the mind of a musical genius. A compelling documentary in which the interview is richly supplemented with archive footage and memories of colleagues and filmmakers such as Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, Bruce Springsteen and Hans Zimmer.
The screening on 27.03 is followed by Docville Plus: Media versus science (in Dutch).
Scientific experts and the media: it is often a difficult match. Due to the fundamental difference in their nature - thorough research versus the need for fast and preferably spectacular news - there is an inevitable tension. But sometimes there is more to it and there are downright rogue tactics. A staggering, at times hilarious, documentary about an important social evolution.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
Ook kinderen kunnen (leren) filosoferen. In deze workshop op maat gaat prof.dr Griet Galle in gesprek met kinderen rond enkele filosofische vragen en prikkelende praktijkoefeningen. Filosofie is niet alleen boeiend, maar ook erg leuk. Ouders kunnen tijdens de workshop de documentaire 'Young Plato' kijken. Inschrijven via www.docville.be
Innocent playful behavior or sexual harassment and abuse of power? For some the boundary is crystal clear, for others there is a gray area. Popular Norwegian politician Trond Giske was on his way to become the next prime minister. Until he was accused of transgressive behavior. He still dismisses the matter as innocent thoughtlessness. Is the boundary of transgressive behavior set in stone?
Wetenschappelijke experten en de media: het is vaak een moeilijk huwelijk. Door het fundamentele verschil in hun aard - grondig onderzoek versus de nood aan snel en liefst provocerend nieuws - is er een onvermijdelijk spanningsveld.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
De vertoning van 27.03 wordt gevolgd door Docville Plus: Deradicalisering: (hoe) werkt het?
The Return: Life After ISIS tells the mind-boggling story of two girls who left their country to join ISIS. When they decide to return, they are rejected by everyone. Alba Sotorra portrays this moving story in an impressive portrait that will give you a lump in your throat mercilessly.
Leonie is a child of her time: social media is essential in her live. Leonie has millions of followers on Instagram, the ultimate dream of many teenagers. Her life seems perfect and her parents happily join the story. An intimate insight into a world where growing up is exciting, but also chaotic and at times terrifying.
The screening on 27.03 is followed by a Q&A with Johan Detraux (ex-Jehovah's Witness and author of Het verborgen gevaar), i.c.w. SKEPP.
Four young American Mormons travel to Finland to convert people. It’s hard to imagine a greater contrast than the one between the young missionaries and the Finns, perhaps the most irreligious, reserved and skeptical people in Europe. This intriguing and at times amusing portrait takes an unexpectedly respectful look at a group of young people from a religious community that is all too often depicted as closed, strange and full of rules and taboos.
In Saudi Arabia there is a rehabilitation program for people who were at one point detained in Guantanamo. But how do you deradicalize someone? Is that even possible? And can deradicalisation be done by someone with a completely different background?
Is followed by a Q&A with the director.
Hypnosis as anesthesia. It not only speaks to our imagination, it is already happening in practice, even in Belgium. We follow two renowned Belgian specialists in surgical hypnosis and are given an insight into their special method in which their voice, together with the power of the imagination, can take patients beyond the operating room and the pain.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
The screening on 27.03 is followed by Docville Plus: Is there hope for Congo? (in Dutch).
The Democratic Republic of Congo has been torn apart for twenty-five years by a war largely ignored by the media and the international community. Award-winning documentary maker Thierry Michel shows the harsh reality of impunity, but also gives a voice to unyielding hope, as in the case of doctor Mukwege, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. A tough, harsh but important documentary.
The screening of 27.03 is followed by a Q&A with the director.
16-year-old Brandon Lee seems like a model student: good grades, nice to everyone and a real star on the school stage. Only he's not who he claims to be. How far would you go for a second chance to make your dream come true? Who is Brandon Lee really? And why did he pretend to be someone else? A very creative, largely animated documentary, that once again proves that reality can sometimes be stranger than fiction.
Is followed by a Q&A with the director and with the protagonist Petar.
Petar is one of the hundreds of thousands of Eastern European truck drivers who cross the European mainland for 48 weeks a year. Life on endless highways and creepy parking lots is monotonous and hard, but it's the only chance to give his son a better future. But the toll that Petar and the others have to pay is high. 'A Parked Life' offers a multicolored view of the European continent, from the simmering deserts of Spain to the frozen north of Norway.
Two ordinary Danish men manage to infiltrate North Korea's illegal international trade network, something even the CIA has not yet managed to do. In this real life spy thriller, DOCVILLE familiar Mads Brügger follows a special duo on their ten year long undercover mission: a former chef and a convicted businessman expose an international network that produces and trades weapons and drugs for North Korea.
In the summer of 2018, twelve young Thai football players and their coach get trapped in a flooded cave. A rescue mission is set up, but it turns out to be an almost impossible task. The Thai army therefore enlists the help of some British cave divers. With unprecedented access and never-before-seen footage, the creators of Free Solo tell a story of determination and unprecedented teamwork. A blood-curdling thriller that deserves to be seen on a big screen in a dark movie theater.
The screening on 27.03 is followed by a Q&A with Dr. Deborah Giustini (Japanese Studies, KU Leuven).
Live to work or work to live? In Japan, employees often seem to have no choice. In a society where labor is central, there is little time left for private or family life. The faceless workers are all too often seen as replaceable cogs in the labor system. In her debut film, artist Pacheco gives the anonymous employee a voice in a special way.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
For twenty-five years, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been torn apart by a war largely ignored by the media and the international community. What is going on? And is there still hope after more than a quarter of a century of violence?
For four years, Oscar-winning director Andrea Arnold filmed dairy cow Luma and looked at the world from her point of view. It brings animals we rarely think about so close - literally and figuratively - that it becomes a unique encounter, a true insight into their consciousness. Not a romanticized Disney version, but a lifelike introduction to the reality of the dairy cow, with both the beauty and the challenges of their lives.
Trenches and stylized black and white photography. It feels as if we are being catapulted back to the last century, but alas. Since 2014, Ukrainian soldiers have been fighting pro-Russian separatists while diplomats - nowhere near the frontlines - negotiate precarious ceasefires. Experienced war journalist and photographer Loup Bureau spent months documenting life in the Ukrainian trenches just a few miles from their enemy.
In 1992, an explosive cocktail of structurally unpunished police brutality and racial tension resulted in deadly riots lasting six days. The concrete reason for the riots was the acquittal of the officers who arrested taxi driver Rodney King with extreme violence. 25 years later, directors Daniel Lindsay and T. J. Martin reflect on these traumatic events for National Geographic through archival footage, news items and unseen footage.
Spending 22 years behind bars and then being acquitted for a crime you never committed. It happened to Curtis McCarthy. But even after his release, the nightmare does not end. This special documentary is a masterclass in filmmaking. The director surprisingly succeeds in making a visually captivating author's film by using only extreme close-ups.
Sabam for Culture has been committed to the promotion, development and distribution of its audiovisual repertoire for decades. For example, Sabam for Culture supports directors and/or screenwriters directly through a development grant. Filmmakers who want to be considered for this grant can pitch their film in front of a professional jury. The pitch is freely accessible to the public.
1945. A woman with Asian roots looks straight into the camera. Nadine Hwang is one of the survivors who was transferred to Sweden from Ravensbrück concentration camp. A year earlier she met Nelly, the love of her life, in the camp. Special archive footage tells the wonderful life story of both women, a fantastic and surprising love story that you will never forget.
Replacing taxes on labor with taxes on capital, reducing CO2 emissions to zero, separating social media and news sites, avoiding information bubbles, requiring transparency of algorithms, teaching a history of humanity: the result of ten days of reflection by a think tank of fifteen experts. Discover the solutions that came from some of the greatest minds joining forces.
Is followed by a Q&A with the director and with the game designers.
They were very young when they left and they have been on their way for a long time. For three years, several young refugees are followed on their journey through Europe. The teens traverse snowy landscapes and encounter aggressive border police in their path. Filmed as a cynical computer game where you have to avoid obstacles and stay out of the hands of 'the bad guys', this film shows what it means to grow up while you're lost.
What if care does not care? Jason testifies about the year he spent in a closed youth center in the Netherlands. He gets vulnerable by allowing himself to be followed honestly and openly during his current, intensive trauma treatment. It is clear for Jason: no matter the intentions, locking up young people does not help. On the contrary. A captivating and personal portrait that raises important questions about how youth care currently functions.
Scientific experts and the media: it is often a difficult match. Due to the fundamental difference in their nature - thorough research versus the need for fast and preferably spectacular news - there is an inevitable tension. But sometimes there is more to it and there are downright rogue tactics. A staggering, at times hilarious, documentary about an important social evolution.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
Is followed by an aftertalk with Samuel Helsen, weatherman.
Manipulating the clouds so that it will rain where it is needed. A Finnish specialist in geo-engineering enthusiastically joins a very expensive scientific project in the United Arab Emirates, where she is an outsider as the only woman. Gradually, she begins to question the real purpose behind the scientific research. Is it about increasing water security in a drought-stricken country? Or about creating new military applications?
The screening on 28.03 is followed by a Q&A with prof. Ria Laenen (docent Russian politics, KU Leuven).
On August 20, 2020, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union, during a flight to Moscow. He survives thanks to an emergency landing and his evacuation to a hospital in Berlin. In this compelling portrait that feels like a suspenseful spy thriller, he searches for evidence against President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin that continues to deny any involvement.
Writer Sylvain Tesson and renowned wildlife photographer Vincent Munier travel to the Tibetan plateau in search of one of the most shy animals on earth: the snow leopard. During the long wait in arctic temperatures, Tesson wonders who is watching who. Director Marie Amiguet manages to translate the story of the quest into delightful images, the soundtrack by Warren Ellis and Nick Cave make the film a hypnotic viewing experience.
The screening on 28.03 is followed by Docville Plus: Artificial Intelligence: dream or nightmare? (in Dutch).
Is it possible to imitate the human brain on a computer? Or to connect it to machines? The advanced discoveries since the beginning of the 21st century are increasingly bringing science fiction into reality. A fascinating insight into the philosophical and social consequences of contemporary progressive scientific research.
Is followed by a Q&A with the director.
In the shadow of the Icelandic volcano Katla lies the village of Vík í Myrdal. The villagers have been trying to understand the lurking danger for centuries. Despite signs of increased activity, Katla attracts tourists from all over the world and has become a source of income. This change in the almost mystical relationship between the villagers and the volcano creates friction within the community. 'Heimaland' delves into the ambiguity of a community that, in its quest for wealth, becomes alienated from its own environment.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
Should we be afraid of artificial intelligence (AI)? Which applications are already available and what is in the pipeline? Could this technology go too far? Should we be concerned or is it just a matter of learning to live with a new technology?
16-year-old Brandon Lee seems like a model student: good grades, nice to everyone and a real star on the school stage. Only he's not who he claims to be. How far would you go for a second chance to make your dream come true? Who is Brandon Lee really? And why did he pretend to be someone else? A very creative, largely animated documentary, that once again proves that reality can sometimes be stranger than fiction.
Luc, Mia and Anja are three pigs who are part of a social neighborhood project. On a small piece of no man's land they process the food surpluses from the neighborhood. A noble initiative that starts out for the pigs as a bit of heaven on earth. But as the seasons progress, the fairy tale becomes more and more grim. The camera brings us up to eye level with Luc, Mia and Anja and also observes human beings alongside them. 'New Pigs on the Block' is a tenderly confrontational film that shows the ambiguous relationship between humans and animals in an unseen way.
Which laws are the most important? State laws or moral rules? The figure of Antigone has, since ancient times, represented the moral resistance of the individual against the unshakable state apparatus that does not participate in ethics. This documentary combines images of recent political events with Žižek's very own way of thinking. Is today's Antigone personified by the populist, anti-migration politicians, or by those who oppose them? Who plays which role in the "Greek tragedy" that we are currently undergoing?
Fungi have a lot to tell us and it's about time we listened. Various enthusiasts - united by their fascination for fungi - are looking for answers to various contemporary questions. Fungus activists, mushroom seekers and pickers, scientists, cultivators and spiritual seekers talk about the wonderful world of fungi, where not only practical solutions can be found, but also special life lessons.
1970, two weeks before Christmas. Right at this time the communist regime in Poland decides to raise prices of some essential products. The result: one of the largest and bloodiest protests the country has ever seen. Behind the scenes, those in power plan the suppression and subsequent cover-up of the protest. Recently rediscovered telephone recordings are combined with stop-motion animation, forming a particularly original and, above all, exciting portrait of a power crisis.
Innocent playful behavior or sexual harassment and abuse of power? For some the boundary is crystal clear, for others there is a gray area. Popular Norwegian politician Trond Giske was on his way to become the next prime minister. Until he was accused of transgressive behavior. He still dismisses the matter as innocent thoughtlessness. Is the boundary of transgressive behavior set in stone?
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner collected more than 10,000 clipped and carefully cataloged photographs from The New York Times. Based on these photos, the director tells the history of his city, his own story and that of his impressive archive. A playful film essay in which a news junkie pays tribute to a time when news reports had not yet been devalued into fleeting snapshots of time.
Is followed by a Q&A with the director.
At the start of the summer, two boys go to work in a gigantic all-inclusive hotel on the Turkish Riviera. They find themselves in a world of colorful swimming suits, lavish buffets and veiled power relations and gradually discover the possibilities of getting ahead in life. A sun-drenched portrait of two young men in search of a better life. But soon they ask themselves the question: which dreams are really worth chasing?
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
Four young American Mormons travel to Finland to convert people. It’s hard to imagine a greater contrast than the one between the young missionaries and the Finns, perhaps the most irreligious, reserved and skeptical people in Europe. This intriguing and at times amusing portrait takes an unexpectedly respectful look at a group of young people from a religious community that is all too often depicted as closed, strange and full of rules and taboos.
Is followed by a Q&A with the director an with Laetitia Teuber, one of the 'dragon women'.
In the higher ranks of power within the financial sector, a handful of women circulate. They are admired as much as they are despised. They have worked very hard to get to the top and yet every day they have to fight against prejudice and sexism. Filmed in Europe and Asia, at home, at work and in their free time, these women testify about what has made them successful and how they have had to adapt to survive in one of the most competitive and masculine sectors in the world.
The screening on 29.03 is followed by a Q&A with Pieter Adriaens (professor philosophy KU Leuven and a big fan of Oliver Sacks).
The endearing, unconventional and brilliant scientist Oliver Sacks is known to the general public for the film adaptation of one of his most famous books, 'Awakenings'. The man who spoke so captivatingly about his patients told his own story for the first time at the age of 81, six months before he died. He was an outsider in his field, but also in his life he colored outside the lines. A moving and very fascinating portrait of and about the world's most famous neurologist’s adventurous life.
A lengthy interview with maestro Ennio Morricone is the basis for this portrait of the extraordinary life and work of the legendary Italian composer. He wrote iconic film scores for classics such as 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly', 'The Mission' and 'The Untouchables'. 'Ennio' offers a rare glimpse into the mind of a musical genius. A compelling documentary in which the interview is richly supplemented with archive footage and memories of colleagues and filmmakers such as Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, Bruce Springsteen and Hans Zimmer.
The screening on 29.03 is followed by a Q&A with the director and by Docville Plus: Does free will exist? (in Dutch).
“We are free to determine what we do and who we are”. The concept of free will is perhaps the most fundamental in our understanding of who we are as humans. However, this idea has been debated since ancient times and contemporary insights are downright sobering. Are we really free in our thoughts and actions? And what are the consequences if the answer to this question is not unequivocally yes?
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
Deep in the Amazon jungle, Henrik, a former Danish soldier, tries to find relief from his post-traumatic stress disorder. After being let down by the classical treatments, he has withdrawn to the jungle all by himself. Far from everything and with the help of medicinal plants, this scarred soul battles against his demons, surrounded by both the tranquility and the madness of the jungle.
Do women still need feminism in 21st century Western Europe? What has changed in recent decades? What remains persistently present? Are there brand new painful issues? A candid film for men and women about what it means to be a woman in our society.
For 2,500 years, philosophers have been wondering if free will exists. Over time, numerous arguments were developed for and against. Are we really free in our thoughts and actions? And what are the consequences if the answer is not unequivocally yes? In this debate, philosophers look at the arguments presented in the documentary and offer their own views on this problem.
The tough bgirl Mali finds her escape in breakdance: as a 14-year-old she goes from battle to battle. She bravely finds her way in a new school, a new city and new dance styles.
In an imaginative conversation, a colorful group of children searches for answers to their questions about the mystery of life and death. On the basis of a series of beautiful dioramas, a dialogue develops between young and old, with a cute rabbit in the leading role.
13:30 | Goals ()
Best friends Charlotte and Husna play soccer together and both dream of a professional soccer career. When Charlotte's talent is noticed, she transfers to a better team. Will they remain friends?
13:30 | Licht ()
Julie lost her mom and dad at a young age. She looked for a way to cope with this loss and found the strength to carry on. An intimate portrait of a girl who, despite an immense loss, faces the world with open arms.
13:30 | Aikiddo ()
After the lockdown, 10-year-old Aiko heads into town in search of new stories for her vlog. She meets other children who express their feelings musically. Singing, beatboxing and dancing together, Aiko finds new friends.
In bite-sized pieces of 15 minutes each, we see a special part of the world through the eyes of a child. Not only fascinating for the young target group (children between 9 and 12 years old) but for everyone in the pedagogical field who would like to work with a certain theme.
Holy Cross Boys Primary School is located in the heart of Ardoyne, a residential area of ​​Belfast with a somewhat dodgy reputation. Drugs, crime and relentless sectarian violence manifest themselves in the knife, gun, and petrol bomb - certainly not a place to raise children. Yet eccentric school principal Kevin McArevey and his dedicated, visionary team are convinced they can turn the tide with… philosophy! Armed with the wisdom of the old masters, the children question their parents' entrenched prejudices.
All over the world, ambitious young football players train for one goal: to win a medal at the Norway Cup, the largest international sports tournament for children. From China to Brazil, from Palestine to Tanzania: for the young people who come to Oslo, the tournament is much more than a sporting experience. It's not just about winning, it's about letting go of the known and discovering a new world. Dive into the overwhelming teenage world with this feel-good coming-of-age film.
Birth, illness and death are universally recognized as inherent parts of life. But does this really have to be the case? Not if it's up to the visionaries in this pragmatic science fiction documentary. They want to take human evolution into their own hands and use transhumanistic technologies to put an end to the limits that nature has always imposed on us as humans. A fascinating glimpse into a possible future where the aspect 'fiction' has disappeared from science fiction.
The special route that marble takes - from extraction to end product - is surprising and characteristic of today's global economy. The marble starts out as a rough block and ends up as a Hellenistic sculpture or fridge magnet, from Greece to China and back again. In a playful and ironic way, it hints at the dark sides and absurdism of the global economy, neoliberalism and consumerism.
On August 20, 2020, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union, during a flight to Moscow. He survives thanks to an emergency landing and his evacuation to a hospital in Berlin. In this compelling portrait that feels like a suspenseful spy thriller, he searches for evidence against President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin that continues to deny any involvement.
The screening on 30.03 is followed by Docville Plus: Slavoj Zizek, pseudo philosopher? (in Dutch)
Slavoj Žižek: sociologist, philosopher, psychoanalyst, communist and cultural critic. But also a flamboyant, controversial and eccentric outsider. Director Astra Taylor follows Žižek as he traverses the world - from New York lecture halls to the streets of Buenos Aires - as he passionately expounds different aspects of his thinking. A dazzling introduction to one of the most extraordinary characters in contemporary philosophy.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
Slavoj Žižek is a philosophical rock star who, with the help of Hermetic philosophers such as Jacques Lacan and W.F. Hegel, tries to understand the world. His influence on the Humanities and Cultural Studies is immense. Institutionally he certainly belongs to philosophy, but should we take this man seriously? And does he take himself seriously?
Omar Blondin Diop, a Maoist student from Niger, starred in Jean-Luc Godard's 'La Chinoise' in the 1960s. Fifty years after this almost prophetic cult film, Vincent Meessen supplements the fiction with a film essay. A special reflection on Diop's life, political activism, unpunished injustice, art and memory, and the evolution of Sino-African relations from Diop's time to the present.
The screening of 30.03 is followed by a Q&A with the director and with Sylvie, the granddaughter of Nelly.
1945. A woman with Asian roots looks straight into the camera. Nadine Hwang is one of the survivors who was transferred to Sweden from Ravensbrück concentration camp. A year earlier she met Nelly, the love of her life, in the camp. Special archive footage tells the wonderful life story of both women, a fantastic and surprising love story that you will never forget.
Katia and Maurice: two volcanologists, passionate about their science and their love for each other. The mediagenic couple takes huge risks in their quest for more knowledge about volcanic eruptions while providing hundreds of hours of breathtaking footage. Director Sara Dosa restored the images recorded on the pellicle to their original unearthly beauty.
The screening on 30.03 is followed by Docville Plus: Plarform economy (in Dutch).
Uber, Amazon, Deliveroo, … Millions of people around the world work for the global gig economy managed by multinationals. This industry is worth more than USD 5 trillion and is growing steadily every year. But what is the cost of this? This poignant raising of awareness about flex workers provides a sobering reality check.
What drives a man to climb mountain peaks at a height where every small mistake can be fatal? 23-year-old climber Marc-André Leclerc prefers to climb alone, far away from the spotlight. Yet two filmmakers want to follow him in this impressive and at the same time intimate documentary. A dazzling cinematic experience that pays a heartfelt tribute to the unimaginable achievements of a visionary climber and his burning passion for the mountains.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
Uber, Amazon, Deliveroo, ... Millions of people work for the global 'gig' economy: not for an hourly wage, but paid per assignment. What is the true cost of this system? Is this the future of the economy? Or a horror scenario to be avoided at all costs?
The Democratic Republic of Congo has been torn apart for twenty-five years by a war largely ignored by the media and the international community. Award-winning documentary maker Thierry Michel shows the harsh reality of impunity, but also gives a voice to unyielding hope, as in the case of doctor Mukwege, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. A tough, harsh but important documentary.
Welcome to Riotsville, a model town built by the US military to train troops in handling major riots on their own soil. Why are these towns being built? Are your fellow citizens the enemy? Why the need to militarize the police like this? This unique film - built entirely from archive material - offers the sobering answer.
For documentary filmmakers, archive images are a valuable source of material. In four parts, the Day of the Archive explains four different aspects of the use of archive material.
1945. A woman with Asian roots looks straight into the camera. Nadine Hwang is one of the survivors who was transferred to Sweden from Ravensbrück concentration camp. A year earlier she met Nelly, the love of her life, in the camp. Special archive footage tells the wonderful life story of both women, a fantastic and surprising love story that you will never forget.
An intoxicating musical journey through the history of the most charismatic and influential island of dance music. An uplifting story of hedonism, spirituality and music, but also of commercialization and gentrification that challenges the bohemian heart of Ibiza. Let yourself be carried away in this tantalizing visual and musical immersion in the soul of Ibiza.
The screening on 31.03 is part of the Day of the Archive where the director extensively discusses his artistic vision on the use of archives.
1970, two weeks before Christmas. Right at this time the communist regime in Poland decides to raise prices of some essential products. The result: one of the largest and bloodiest protests the country has ever seen. Behind the scenes, those in power plan the suppression and subsequent cover-up of the protest. Recently rediscovered telephone recordings are combined with stop-motion animation, forming a particularly original and, above all, exciting portrait of a power crisis.
1942. A family sits gloomily at the table, in semi-darkness. The women mend clothes, their suitcases ready in the background. It is not the opening scene of a fiction film, but an amateur film of the Peereboom family, a Dutch-Jewish family that continued to film until the night before they were deported. The tragedy of the Second World War told through family films that - with the knowledge of what is about to happen in mind - strike you in the heart.
The Return: Life After ISIS tells the mind-boggling story of two girls who left their country to join ISIS. When they decide to return, they are rejected by everyone. Alba Sotorra portrays this moving story in an impressive portrait that will give you a lump in your throat mercilessly.
Four young American Mormons travel to Finland to convert people. It’s hard to imagine a greater contrast than the one between the young missionaries and the Finns, perhaps the most irreligious, reserved and skeptical people in Europe. This intriguing and at times amusing portrait takes an unexpectedly respectful look at a group of young people from a religious community that is all too often depicted as closed, strange and full of rules and taboos.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
Katia and Maurice: two volcanologists, passionate about their science and their love for each other. The mediagenic couple takes huge risks in their quest for more knowledge about volcanic eruptions while providing hundreds of hours of breathtaking footage. Director Sara Dosa restored the images recorded on the pellicle to their original unearthly beauty.
While alarm bells are being sounded all over the world by climate activists and experts, polluting multinationals and neglectful governments show no sign of actually waking up. Until the day a Dutch lawyer writes world history with the law as a weapon. This thrilling courtroom drama follows Roger Cox as he battles Shell and other major players. He paved the way for a new kind of climate activism. A hopeful and inspiring story that shows how one person can really make a difference.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
The screening on 31.03 is part of the Closing Night, and is preceded by the award ceremony and followed by a Q&A with the director.
More than $500 million will eventually be paid for the Salvator Mundi, which is said to have first surfaced as a battered portrait of Christ at an auction in New Orleans. But is the most expensive painting of all time really a Leonardo da Vinci or is that what wealthy buyers and powerful art institutions want to believe? Outrageous prices, uncertainty about authenticity and finally a new disappearance add to the tension in this contemporary mystery.
Discover the world of table setting as a competitive sport, an eccentric hobby and statement art. Think of richly decorated tables with (sometimes) controversial messages, a thorough attention to detail, but above all a lot of passion. Misplace a fork, and you can forget the big prize during 'the Olympics of Table Setting' in California. Nine characterful participants take you on an entertaining and surprisingly exciting mix of competitiveness, drama, passion and humor.
Leonie is a child of her time: social media is essential in her live. Leonie has millions of followers on Instagram, the ultimate dream of many teenagers. Her life seems perfect and her parents happily join the story. An intimate insight into a world where growing up is exciting, but also chaotic and at times terrifying.
More than $500 million will eventually be paid for the Salvator Mundi, which is said to have first surfaced as a battered portrait of Christ at an auction in New Orleans. But is the most expensive painting of all time really a Leonardo da Vinci or is that what wealthy buyers and powerful art institutions want to believe? Outrageous prices, uncertainty about authenticity and finally a new disappearance add to the tension in this contemporary mystery.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a rewarding medium for documentary makers: it offers an unparalleled experience that literally immerses the viewer in an unfamiliar reality. This year DOCVILLE selected three short documentaries on the theme of belonging and searching for your identity.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner collected more than 10,000 clipped and carefully cataloged photographs from The New York Times. Based on these photos, the director tells the history of his city, his own story and that of his impressive archive. A playful film essay in which a news junkie pays tribute to a time when news reports had not yet been devalued into fleeting snapshots of time.
This Oscar-nominated documentary explores the paradox that characterizes contemporary China: a communist country that plays the card of capitalism like no other. The rise in prosperity in recent decades has been so enormous that the regime likes to flaunt 'the Chinese dream'. Forget the US, China is now the country where anyone can strike gold and which takes a global leadership position. An impressionistic portrait of the various shapes of the Chinese dream.