International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2017 - Taking Stock

"A friend and visiting programmer described International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) as somewhere to “take stock of what is going on in the world of documentary”, and by extension, in the wider world too. A mirror, microscope or window onto every corner of the globe or recess of the soul.…

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2017 - Turtle Rock, Moonlight City

"Documentary filmmaking has been flourishing in China for a number of years, but in the last year or so it has achieved much more international visibility, with festivals programming Chinese documentaries with more frequency as their critical reception broadens. The most obvious demonstration is the work of one of the…

London Korean Film Festival 2017 - No Money, No Future!

"In any other year, South Korean artist and filmmaker Jung Yoon-suk’s films could not have screened at the London Korean Film Festival, noted curator Tony Rayns as he introduced Jung’s films at the festival. Under the previous government, led by the now-imprisoned Park Geun-hye, Jung’s work—licentious…

Jane (2017, Brett Morgen)

"Few images are more immediately satisfying than the one at the start of Brett Morgen’s archive-led bio-doc Jane, a picture-postcard scene that sees beloved primatologist Jane Goodall sitting atop an arching tree, surveying the luscious green expanse in front of her. Queen of her domain, friend to all apes.…