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CPH:DOX. Standing Accused

Former CPH:DOX winner Mohammed Ali Naqvi returns to Copenhagen (at least in spirit) with The Accused, a film about the febrile debate raging in Pakistan over its blasphemy laws.
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CPH:DOX. Island haunted by the past

Lotta Petronella’s Själö – Island of Souls, world-premiering in NORDIC:DOX seeks to re-interpret the history of a former leper asylum off the Finnish coast, now a centre for scientific research.
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CPH:DOX. The beauty of bones

In her debut feature documentary Ecstasy Moara Passoni tells the story of her teenage anorexia, her joyous immersion into delirium and the supreme sense of power and control it gave…
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CPH:DOX. Where elephants go to die

Cemetery, available for viewing on the CPH:DOX public platform, comprises both a lyrical and trippy sojourn to the mythical last resting place of the magnificent jungle beast.
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CPH:DOX. It’s all in the edit

Editing consultancy Rough Cut Service, founded by leading Finnish producer Iikka Vehkalahti and the late (and renowned) Dutch editor Menno Boerema, can boast of work on six films selected for…
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The future is Archive

EFM and DocSalon organised an inaugural Archive Day during Berlinale 2020, with the aim of uniting filmmakers with archive libraries to augment, improve or indeed form the basis of their…
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A Tale of Wonders

From the idyllic German lake of Walchansee to Mexico, the Greek islands and San Francisco for the Summer of Love, Janna Ji Wonders tells the complex and at times tragic…
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City of Sand

In Berlinale Forum selection Victoria, directed by Flemish filmmakers Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer and Isabelle Tollenaere, we encounter a latter-day pioneer, Lashay, who has left behind a grim past…
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Opening the Toolbox

DocSalon manager Nadja Tennstedt and Themba Bhebhe, EFM Diversity & Inclusion, talk to Business Doc Europe about the new initiative designed to deliver doc business know-how and connections to creatives…
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Taskovski busy but mindful

With four films in Berlinale Forum as well as her recent pick-up of ecodoc Sanctuary, starring the Bardem brothers, doc doyenne Irena Taskovski has even greater plans to save stressed…
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Analogue odyssey

Director/producer Jens Meurer on his new documentary An Impossible Project, about the rebirth of the Polaroid camera and the man who made it possible.
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To boldly go…

Mark Stucke of UK online distributor Journeyman Pictures outlines his approach to the business of attaching eyeballs to high quality docs.
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Support grows for new European doc body DAE

Brigid O’Shea spoke to Business Doc Europe about DAE (Documentary Association of Europe), the new pan-European body designed to look after the interests of European doc professionals, which will launch…
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Sweet smell of success

Tamara Kotevska, co-director of Honeyland, Oscar-shortlisted for both Doc Feature and Best International Feature, talks to Business Doc Europe.
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Recounting the horror

Renowned filmmaker Jørgen Leth talks about the devastating earthquake in Haiti and his redemptive journey into the jungles of Laos, as detailed in his IDFA competition title I Walk.
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Face to Faith

If you don’t know about the warrior monks living in seclusion in Italy, you would never believe they could have ever existed. Business Docs Europe talks to Valentina Pedicini, director…
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A Dane in Colorado

Eva Marie Rødbro’s debut doc I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die is a seering study of poverty in the US, and a…
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Crusading twins

In Prison for Profit the Van Velzen twins point the finger at multi-national security firm G4S and its dealings in South Africa.
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Norway do docs do business

Ask most professionals active within the European marketplace where the current epicentre of documentary activity is to be found, and the answer will invariably be Norway.
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Being Robert Fisk

When director Yung Chang was approached about making a film on journalist and Middle East expert, Robert Fisk, he didn’t hesitate to take the commission.
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Don Quixote with a camera

A ubiquitous presence at documentary festivals around the world, much loved Canadian documentary guru Peter Wintonick (1953-2013) is the subject of a feature doc himself.
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Fat Front in Amsterdam

It’s big and it’s bold, it’s fat, fun and fearless. And to any detractors out there, including fat-shaming YouTuber Nicole Arbour, it’s 'get a life'.