Open City Docs Fest 2016 Dispatch #2 - Homeland(s)

From Open City Docs, two films that engage with enormous subjects in ambitious fashion. A six hour home video account of Iraq in wartime, and a dramatic, cryptic essay on the nature of border control in modern Europe. Abbas Fahdel left Iraq for France aged 18. Since then, a lot…

Open City Doc Fest 2016 Dispatch #1 - People & Places

On the day of its commencement, some notes on some of the films playing this year's Open City Docs Fest, a festival that whilst young and small in scale compared to some of the other documentary festivals around, is proving increasingly impressive and ambitious. Offering challenging and intelligent programming in…