Documentary Fortnight 2008

MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media

Feb 13–Mar 3, 2008


Dark Glass. Clio Barnard. 2006. United Kingdom. Commissioned by FVU. Funded by Arts Council England and the UK Film Councils New Cinema Fund

This year’s annual showcase of nonfiction film and video at MoMA offers over 30 selections, with a focus on documentaries about the environment. The diverse selection covers such ecological issues as the impact of an Austin housing development on that area’s water resources; vast mountaintop coal removal in Appalachia; and the “biotecture” of a maverick architect and his crew of renegade house builders from New Mexico. One experimental work reveals the private recordings of a dancer’s chemical sensitivity to environmental toxins, and a poignant docu-feature follows the Acehnese people of Indonesia as they recover after a killer tsunami.

Also included are stories about women making change in Afghanistan and Pakistan; an episodic poem on recent Balkan history in war-torn Serbia and Croatia; and cell phone diaries that examine personal memory and history. A special tribute salutes Joan Churchill, a West Coast filmmaker and cinematographer whose work over the past thirty years reveals a history of the documentary from the 1970s to the present.

Organized by Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film, and William Sloan, consultant.

  • This film series is part of Doc Fortnight.

    Special thanks to the Museum’s copresenting partners: Asian CineVision, Cinema Tropical, Planet in Focus International Environmental Film and Video Festival, Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and Women Make Movies.


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