Documentary Fortnight 2014: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media
February 14–28, 2014
Held in conjunction with the two-channel video installation Ramallah/New York
Since 2001, February has marked the return of Documentary Fortnight, MoMA’s annual showcase of innovative recent nonfiction film and media. This year’s festival includes 20 feature films, 10 shorts, two classics, and one installation, from more than 20 countries, in an examination of the relationship between contemporary art and nonfiction filmmaking, and of new approaches to nonfiction practice. Several video works will be screened in theatrical versions, and one video installation from the Museum’s collection will be on display in the galleries.
The features, shorts, and installations in this year’s festival show filmmakers and artists responding to contemporary concerns by capturing and analyzing events on a global stage, or by pulling from their own countries, communities, and backgrounds to tell documentary stories with intimacy, depth, and formal innovation.
As a whole, the works in this year’s program seek to move beyond the search for "empirical truth," and delve into the inner realities of their subjects, focusing on states of being, memories, dreams, ideas, desires, and utopias lost and found.
Related Film Screenings
A Mãe e o mar (The Mother and the Sea)
2013. Portugal. Gonçalo Tocha. 97 min.
A Dream of Iron
2014. USA/Korea. Kelvin Kyung Kun Park. 99 min.
2013. Denmark. 77 min.
Tour of Duty
2013. South Korea. Kim Dong-ryung, Park Kyoung-tae. 150 min.
2013. Russia/Czech Republic/Germany. Vitaly Mansky. 121 min.
An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
2013. Bosnia and Herzegovina/France/Slovenia. 71 min.
2013. Belgium/Great Britain. Peter Snowdon. 79 min.
‘Til Madness Do Us Part
2013. Hong Kong/France/Japan. Wang Bing. 228 min.
Comizi d’amore (Love Meetings)
1964. Italy. Pier Paolo Pasolini. 90 min.
The Seventh Walk
2013. India. Amit Dutta. 70 min.
2013. India. Amit Dutta. 22 min.
Les Statues meurent aussi (Statues Also Die)
1953. France. Chris Marker and Alain Resnais. 30 min.
It for Others
2013. Great Britain. Duncan Campbell. 54 min.
2013. Japan/USA. Kazuhiro Soda. 150 min.
Shorts Program: American Stories
2013. USA. Directed by Deborah Stratman. 15 min.
A filmic tour de force about a sound studio.
A Cinematic Study of Fog In San Francisco
2013. USA. Directed by Sam Green, Andy Black. 10 min.
A city symphony of San Francisco.
2013. Canada. Directed by Justine Harbonnier. 13 min.
Angèle leaves France with no plan and ends up on a farm in southern Florida.
Alan Vega: Just a Million Dreams
2013. USA. Directed by Marie Losier. 13 min.
A portrait of rebellious pioneer Alan Vega, cofounder of the minimalist electronic rock band Suicide.
2013. USA. Directed by Sebastian Diaz, Beyza Boyacioglu. 20 min.
A Caribbean club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, provides a home away from home.
Purgatorio: A Journey into the Heart of the Border
2013. USA/Mexico. Rodrigo Reyes. 80 min.
2003. Lebanon. Akram Zaatari. 86 min.
Letter to a Refusing Pilot
2013. Lebanon. 34 min.
An Evening with Sharon Hayes
Sharon Hayes and Brooke O’Harra discuss Hayes’s recent video installation Ricerche: three, which premiered at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. Hayes uses Pier Paolo Pasolini’s brilliant 1963 cinéma vérité film Comizi d’amore as the guidepost for a contemporary inquiry into the “sexual problem” in the United States in 2013. While the political climate in postwar Italy in 1963 is certainly distinct from that of the United States in 2013, both exemplify a persistent political condition in which so-called value-based policy and ideology act out symptomatically to cover up underlying economic and political vulnerabilities.
Ricerche: three expands on Pasolini's interest in interviewing subjects as part of a collective or crowd by focusing on a single interview with 35 students at Mt. Holyoke College, an all-women’s college in western Massachusetts. Brooke O’Harra, the director of Ricerche: three, was a Visiting Professor at Mt. Holyoke College for five years, teaching acting and directing, and was the first interlocutor with the students. Thus, the relationship of interviewee to interviewer involves, significantly, O’Harra’s primary relationship with the students. Hayes and O'Harra join us to screen the full work and address its relationship to Pasolini’s film and to histories of queer and feminist activism.
2013. China. Xu Huijing. 68 min.
The Private Life of Fenfen
2013. USA. Leslie Tai. 29 min.
Bay of Pigs
2012. USA. William E. Jones. 4 min.
2013. France. Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi. 65 min.
2013. Russia/Spain. Victor Kossakovsky and 32 students. 70 min.
Afsan’s Long Day (The Young Man Was, Part 2)
2014. Bangladesh/USA. Naeem Mohaiemen. 39 min.
Der Weisse Engel
2011. Bangladesh/USA. Naeem Mohaiemen. 8 min.
Rankin Street, 1953
2013. Bangladesh/USA. Naeem Mohaiemen. 8 min.
2012. Brazil. Gabriel Mascaro. 75 min.
Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
2013. USA. Thomas Allen Harris. 87 min.