The silent return of the voice of God in documentary

BRITDOC’s Luke Moody questions the power of words on screen in recent documentary journalism.

Luke Moody

A Frantz Fanon quote on screen in Concerning Violence (2014) directed by Göran Olsson
A Frantz Fanon quote on screen in Concerning Violence (2014) directed by Göran Olsson

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Patricio Guzmán on The Pearl Button

Have the strongest people always dominated everywhere? We look into Patricio Guzmán’s new film The Pearl Button, ahead of its UK release this week.

Georgia Korossi

The Pearl Button (2015)
The Pearl Button (2015)

“I’d love for these water people not to have disappeared.”
Patricio Guzmán, The Pearl Button

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Making it real together

Revealing creative dialogues in nonfiction films, a playful act between filmmaker and subject as early as 1950, are evidence that documentary filmmaking is the art of collaborative conceit.

Luke Moody

Stranded in Canton (2014)
Stranded in Canton (2014)

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Independent spirit: 21st Sheffield Doc/Fest

Continuing its reputation as the biggest international documentary film festival in UK, the 21st Sheffield Doc/Fest welcomed documentarians and activists from the public domain with a fierce independent spirit this year.

Georgia Korossi

The past is always with us. But who wants to live in an antique shop?
Ian McShane in How We Used To Live

Happiness, dir. Thomas Balmes
Happiness, dir. Thomas Balmes

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Archipelago connected: 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

Coinciding with the events in Thessaloniki as the European Youth Capital, the screens in the northern Greek city wrote ethics, truth and literacy on the wall.

Georgia Korossi

In the Land of the Deaf (Le pays des sourds, 1992)
In the Land of the Deaf (Le pays des sourds, 1992)

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Animal features: new nature documentary

As Leviathan hits London cinemas this month, Luke Moody compiles a list of animal features and talks about the endoscopic camera eye in the new nature documentary.

Luke Moody

Leviathan (2012)
Leviathan (2012)

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Act normal: hybrid tendencies in documentary film

On the release of Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing in UK cinemas, some excitement is emerging about the possibilities of new hybrid forms of documentary.

Luke Moody

“All great fiction films tend towards documentary, just as all great documentaries tend toward fiction.”

Jean-Luc Godard

The Act of Killing (2012)
The Act of Killing (2012)

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