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A podcast that features conversations with creative documentary filmmakers whose films are making rounds in festivals ✨We are an artist-run initiative that operates ad-free. If you would like to support us, be sure to rate, review, and subscribe so that more documentary film lovers can find us.
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Children of the Mist with Diem Ha Le In this episode, we feature a conversation with Diem Ha Le about her debut feature film, CHILDREN OF THE MIST, which premiered at IDFA and had its Swiss premiere in the Grand Angle section of Visions du Réel.  In this film, we follow Dzi, a 12 year old girl from the Hmong tribe of Northern Vietnam. During Lunar new year, girls as young as Dzi become part of the practice of “bride kidnapping” — where a girl is abducted by her future husband. Dzi finds herself in a situation where she is forced to grow up and to find her own way of navigating between the Hmong culture and her own desires. In this conversation, Diem shares with us the origin of this film as an idea of keeping a memory of childhood with Dzi, alive. She shares with us her relationship to Dzi and to Dzi’s family, and how she navigates between facing differing opinions. Diem talks about her own doubts, and her  process of learning how to truly listen. How do we as filmmakers translate to cinema the complicated relationships and situations that are unfolding in front of us?Moderating the conversation is Venice Atienza whose film, LAST DAYS AT SEA also shares an inquiry into the fragility of childhood and was invited to screen at Visions du Rèel last year in the Grande Angle section.  This episode was co-produced by Christina Zachariades in Brooklyn, Venice Atienza in Mumbai, and Aylin Gökmen in Zurich, with original music by Nayeem Mahbub in Stockholm.
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Children of the Mist with Diem Ha Le In this episode, we feature a conversation with Diem Ha Le about her debut feature film, CHILDREN OF THE MIST, which premiered at IDFA and had its Swiss premiere in the Grand Angle section of Visions du Réel.  In this film, we follow Dzi, a 12 year old girl from the Hmong tribe of Northern Vietnam. During Lunar new year, girls as young as Dzi become part of the practice of “bride kidnapping” — where a girl is abducted by her future husband. Dzi finds herself in a situation where she is forced to grow up and to find her own way of navigating between the Hmong culture and her own desires. In this conversation, Diem shares with us the origin of this film as an idea of keeping a memory of childhood with Dzi, alive. She shares with us her relationship to Dzi and to Dzi’s family, and how she navigates between facing differing opinions. Diem talks about her own doubts, and her  process of learning how to truly listen. How do we as filmmakers translate to cinema the complicated relationships and situations that are unfolding in front of us?Moderating the conversation is Venice Atienza whose film, LAST DAYS AT SEA also shares an inquiry into the fragility of childhood and was invited to screen at Visions du Rèel last year in the Grande Angle section.  This episode was co-produced by Christina Zachariades in Brooklyn, Venice Atienza in Mumbai, and Aylin Gökmen in Zurich, with original music by Nayeem Mahbub in Stockholm.
Visions du Réel with Emilie Bujès An episode focused on Visions du Réel, the international documentary film festival held in April in Nyon, Switzerland. Visions du Réel has a strong reputation for championing creative, contemporary non-fiction cinema and has played a vital role for independent documentary filmmakers for decades. And it has also been a significant source of inspiration for this podcast, as we have made several film discoveries, including El Father Plays HImself, Looking For Horses, My Mexican Bretzel, and Faya Dayi... the list goes on and on!  And this year, the 2022 selection is full of promise, with more than 160 films on display and a broad spectrum of forms, including many hybrid works. Before traveling to Nyon for the festival, I had the great pleasure to speak with Emilie Bujès, the artistic director of the festival. The conversation turned a masterclass on programming, with insight into her journey into film curation and influences along the way. Emilie also walks me through the International Feature Film Competition that holds 16 films - most of which are world premieres and over half from first-time feature filmmakers. We also briefly touch on one of the non-competitive sections (and one of my personal favorites), LATITUDES. LINKS AND REFERENCES: FROM THE EAST by Chantal Akerman, 1993, 110 minMY MEXICAN BRETZEL by Nuria GiménezEUROPE by Phillip Sheffner, 2022, Germany, DAY OF THE SPARROW by Phillip Sheffner, 2010, Germany / 104 min Yann Andrea Steiner by Marguerite Duras Other Lives But Mine by Emmanuel CarréreVisions du RèelVisions du Rèel 2022, International Feature CompetitionVisions du Rèel 2022, LatitudesThis episode was co-produced by Christina Zachariades in Brooklyn and Aylin Gökmen in Zurich with original music by Nayeem Mahbub in Stockholm. Special Thanks to Ursula Pfander and Fanny Graf.
CPH:DOX Festival Recap with Eka Tsotsoria, Nico Centrone, and Daniel Oxenhandler This episode pulls focus on CPH:DOX - one of the biggest documentary film festivals in Europe today. Situated in Copenhagen, the festival began on March 23, and we just wrapped up a full week of screenings!This year, the festival is hosting many exciting in-person events in Copenhagen and online offers for both the industry and the public, with a selection of films streaming online in Denmark for the first ten days of April. Eka Tsotsoria from Tbilisi joins Nico Centrone in Italy and Daniel Oxenhandler in Copenhagen to recap the festival.Eka and Nico have been following the festival remotely, while Daniel offers his perspective directly from the ground. Apart from the ambiance and energy of CPH:DOX this year, we discuss our highlights from the program, including, The Territory by Alex Pritz, Holidays by Antoine Cattin, and the spellbinding film Afterwater by Dane Komljen.This episode was co-produced by Eka Tsotsoria in Georgia, Nico Centrone in Italy, Daniel Oxenhandler in Denmark, and Christina Zachariades in the U.S.A, with original music created by Nayeem Mahbub in Sweden.
Berlinale 2022 Festival Recap with Edo Choi from MoMI + Programming for First Look Festival Edo Choi, a curator at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York and film critic extraordinaire joins the podcast to discuss several standout films we encountered at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival.  Films discussed include Avec amour et acharnement / Both Sides of the Blade / Fire, Rimini, Dry Ground Burning, Europe, Rewind and Play, See You Friday Robinson, and A Little Love Package.  We also spend the last 15 minutes discussing First Look which is an annual festival showcasing an artfully curated selection of international films at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image from March 16th to 20th.TIMECODES0:00 - 5:00 Introduction, Edo Choi and the Berlinale Festival Vibe5:30 Avec amour et acharnement / Both Sides of the Blade / Fire by Claire Denis 12:00 Rimini by Ulrich Seidl18:00 Dry Ground Burning by Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queirós22:50 Europe by Philip Scheffner30:45 Rewind and Play by Alain Gomis34:40 See You Friday, Robinson by Mitra Farahani37:30 A Little Love Package by Gastón Solnicki45:00 First Look Festival at the Museum of the Moving Image, Program ReviewLINKS First Look Festival: https://movingimage.us/series/first-look-2022/Museum of the Moving Image: https://movingimage.usReverse Shot: http://reverseshot.org/Fire by Claire Denis at Film at Lincoln Center: https://www.filmlinc.org/films/fire/
Berlinale Shorts Program Review with curator, Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck Greetings from Berlin. In this episode, we are joined with Anna Henckel Donnersmarck, the curator and head of Berlinale Shorts. Berlinale Shorts is the section dedicated to daring works of the short form. This year’s line up does not disappoint, with a selection of 30 international and world premieres from new and established filmmakers like  Radu Jude, Atsushi Wada, Sky Hopinka, and many more as well as new filmmakers with equally strong and aesthetically interesting perspectives. Earlier this week, I sat down with the curator and head of the section, Anna Henckel Donnersmarck to get a glimpse into all the gems to be discovered and a little insight into how the program came together. The program runs through February 11 - February 19th. Tickets can be booked online.
Sundance 2022 - Festival Recap with Milton Guillén In this episode, we recap some of the films we encountered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival with special guest Milton Guillén - an award-winning filmmaker, faculty member at CalArts, and a programmer at the Camden International Film Festival.Films we discussed include:4:58 FIRE OF LOVE by Sara Dosa  9:12 ALL THAT BREATHES by Shaunak Sen15:53 WE MET IN VIRTUAL REALITY by Joe Hunting25:38 DOS ESTACIONES by Juan Pablo Gonzalez29:58  I DIDN’T SEE YOU THERE by Reid Davenport
IDFA 2021: Program Review with Venice Atienza In this episode, I am joined with filmmaker and dear friend, Venice Atienza ahead of her traveling to IDFA where we review the program. IDFA is one of the largest documentary film events, and their extensive programming is energizing for the international documentary film community but it’s also very overwhelming with over 260 titles and only ten days. So before boarding her flight, we went through each section of the program and co-curated a watch list to help guide our festival experience. Venice is a filmmaker currently living between Mumbai and Manilla. She is a graduate of the European film school, DocNomads and her first feature film LAST DAYS AT SEA debuted in March 2021 at the Berlinale and is closing out the year in the Best of Fests section at IDFA. She is also a returning contributor to the podcast and sat with us earlier this year to discuss  LAST DAYS AT SEA, (episode linked here). We also have three additional filmmaker interviews featuring works that are included in the Best of Fests section at IDFA. TAMING THE GARDEN with Salomé JashiLOOKING FOR HORSES with Stefan PavlovićA NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING with Payal KapadiaAnd lastly, in this podcast, we reference an essay by Hito Steryel, IN DEFENSE OF THE POOR IMAGE that you can find here. Visit our website www.docsinorbit.com/IDFA2021 for a complete list of show notes!
Camden Film Festival #2: Recap with friend and filmmaker Bronte Stahl In this episode, we recap films from the Camden International Film Festival which just wrapped up over the past weekend. I sat with a dear friend of the podcast,  Bronte Stahl, a filmmaker and producer from Westerly RI who is a frequent attendee at CIFF and also part of the festival&apos;s screening comittee. Bronte and I studied documentary in film school many moons ago at the  European master&apos;s program, DocNomads.  Since then has participated in a few fellowships and residencies including Points North Institute, Flaherty Seminar, UnionDocs, and Open City Assembly Lab. His short films have been screened at international film festivals including Rotterdam and DocLisboa. And his current projects are supported by Sundance and DocSociety, among others.We discuss several films from the Camden International Film Festival includingNORTH BY CURRENT by Angelo Madsen Minax EXPEDITION CONTENT by Ernst Karel and Veronika Kusumaryati TERRA FEMME by Courtney Stephens FAYA DAYI by Jessica BeshirSpirits and Rocks, an Azorean Myth by Aylin GokmenA NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING by Payal Kapadia ASCENSION Jessica Kingdon
A Night of Knowing Nothing with Payal Kapadia Featuring a conversation with Payal Kapadia about her remarkably brave and powerful film A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING which took home awards at Cannes, TIFF, and CIFF. Here, she discusses with us her artistic approach, sources of inspiration, and the freedom she finds in documentary filmmaking.Kapadia is a filmmaker and artist based in Mumbai, and she studied at the Film and Television Institute of India.  A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING is her debut feature film.The film is structured around a series of love letters, written by a university student in India to her estranged lover and separated because of caste differences. Read in voiceover from an unseen protagonist, the letters provide an intimate glimpse into a young woman&apos;s life and the drastic changes taking place around her, while shining light on a contemporary convoluted India. Composed mostly of grainy black in white analog film, and mixed with newspaper clippings, family archives, and viral videos found off the internet,  A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING takes on an amorphous form, merging reality with fiction, dreams with memories, fantasies with anxieties. It unfolds like a long, unpredictable night, where we are all in the dark of what to expect next. It’s a remarkably powerful and brave film that I still find myself circling back to days after watching. And it is with great admiration that we reached out to Payal Kapadia to invite her to speak about her artistic practice, sources of inspiration, and the freedom she finds in non-fiction cinema. Facilitating the conversation is Aylin Gökmen. Aylin is a Turkish-Swiss filmmaker. Her short film SPIRITS AND ROCKS: AN AZOREAN MYTH premiered at Locarno, and has screened at a number of festivals including Sundance, and Telluride. Aylin also takes on a formally inventive approach, blending carefully composed black and white documentary images with archive and an evocative soundscape. For a list of sources and references from this episode, visit https://www.docsinorbit.com/a-night-of-knowing-nothing
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