Doc Fortnight 2019

MoMA’s Festival of International Nonfiction Film and Media

Feb 21–28, 2019

Teatro de guerra (Theatre of War). 2018. Argentina/Spain. Directed by Lola Arias. Courtesy Pascale Ramonda

MoMA’s annual celebration of innovation in nonfiction film presents a lineup of features and shorts from around the globe, including several world premieres. The eight-day series kicks off with the premiere of artist Prune Nourry’s Serendipity, a sensitive exploration of Nourry’s battle with breast cancer that celebrates the power of art in healing and the resilience of the human spirit.

Other features offer unique perspectives from around the globe, including a range of stories from the Middle East (Samouni Road, Land Mine, Chaos), Latin America (Volver a ver, Theatre of War, La extraña), and Asia (Nakorn-Sawan, The Next Guardian, Chinese Portrait). A pair of films about film (Arcadia, And with Him Came the West) illustrate how the use of archival materials can underscore the power of the moving image over our collective psyches. Our Presence of Place short-film program continues in its third year, while several other shorts accompany features throughout the festival.

Artists Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens join us for a Modern Mondays evening to present a screening of Water Makes Us Wet—An Ecosexual Adventure, followed by a Q&A and a performance with special guests.

The ongoing evolution of the nonfiction form is explored in the special program From HACKING to FACT-Checking: Artistic Strategies for the Post-Factual Era, a selection of prize-winning projects from Ars Electronica that highlights some of the new avenues artists are taking with media and new technologies to investigate the increasingly fine line between fact and fiction.

The closing-night film is renowned Amsterdam-based filmmaker Heddy Honigmann’s latest film, Buddy, a heartwarming portrait of the deep bond between humans and their guide dogs.

In these turbulent times, Doc Fortnight remains dedicated to advocating the vision of storytellers who bring us new perspectives on the world, new frameworks through which to measure and balance our own experiences, and new ways to consider truth in an ever-changing world.

Organized by Kathy Brew, Guest Curator, with Emily Rago.



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