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…

By Our Selves (2015, Andrew Kotting)

How you get somewhere is often just as, if not more interesting than where you are going. Andrew Kotting is a filmmaker very much interested in the journey and from his 1996 feature debut Gallivant he has been wilfully exploring that space between A and B. Kotting exposes the value…