About Moving Docs

Moving Docs brings powerful films to screens big and small – films you may never be able to see otherwise.

We enable a selection of European documentaries to cross borders and reach new audiences all over Europe.

These are films with an impact. They make you see the world differently. And they may even change your mind.

Moving Docs is the very first initiative of its kind, powered by our local and national partners across Europe, managed by the European Documentary Network, and supported by Creative Europe.

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    Citizen's Basic Income explained in 2 minutes

    What would life be like if your government made sure every citizen was financially secure – regardless of whether they worked or not?

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    #MyBlueEurope photo competition

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    Are you in love with the sea?

    Upload photos of your connection with the sea, rivers or lakes before 31 December 2017 and win a unique diving experience in Greece with the Athens Divers Club*, an online course by world record-holding freediver Sara CampbellCressi diving equipment**, and Dolphin Man cinema tickets across Europe.

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  • News about Moving Docs and our films

    The personal is political

    As world leaders gather in Bonn for the 23rd annual “conference of the parties” (COP) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Kirstin Innes watches Thank You For The Rain – for the immediate, personal impact of climate change.

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    “Last season, we were saying, there is no rain. No rain no rain no rain. Now we are flooded. Everything is being contradicted. Planning, failures. Planning, failures.” 
    – Kisilu Musya, in Thank You For The Rain

    Climate change is an abstract idea to most of us in the West. We might note it’s getting wetter, or that summers are less sunny than they were when we were kids, but safe inside our houses, with everything we need more or less at the touch of a button, we can shut it out at the end of a day.  It’s something Norwegian filmmaker Julia Dahr, director of Thank You For The Rain, was aware of in 2010 when, aged 23, she decided to make a film showing the effects of climate change on humans.

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    Wars of truth

    Sift through the layers of Syria’s war of misinformation while bearing witness to the work of the White Helmets.

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    “What is there left to say about the White Helmets?” asked the Guardian’s review of Last Men In Aleppo after its Sundance world premiere. Although the review was very positive, the writer was keen to point out the shorter 40-minute run-time of Netflix’s Oscar-winner The White Helmets, another documentary about Syria’s first responders, the Syrian Civil Defense – the volunteer teams who got survivors and bodies out of bombed buildings in besieged East Aleppo. Are we jaded Western viewers just all White-Helmetted out?

    Yes, we’ve all seen the footage; from YouTube clips circulated on Facebook, to broadcast news reports. The digging through the rubble, the rescued children, dead babies, screaming parents. The dust, on everyone, all skin ghoulish grey whether living or dead. For a while in 2016, the world had its eye on Aleppo; now things have moved on. This documentary, filmed until 2015, when filmmaker Feras Fayad was forced to flee Syria under threat for his life, is now a historical tract from a very changed city.

    Here’s why you should watch it, then, why you should take in all one-hour-forty-four of its runtime, rather than the condensed hour-long edit, or just making do with Netflix’s shorter piece. This film is as much about what happens in the spaces in between the cycle of bombings and rubble-scrabbling. It’s about the banality of life in a warzone, the way those extreme images we in the West can dip into for a couple of minutes become everyday experience when you’re living them.

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    Still Relevant – Documentary Nights on Syria

    Moving Docs screening partner Berlin Documentary Film Club (BDFC) is about to host its first Mini Documentary Film Festival. The theme is 'Still Relevant – Documentary Nights on Syria'.

    Over three days, three documentaries related to the theme will be shown, each followed by a Q&A with the directors and experts in the field. Two of the films are Moving Docs titles.

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    Last Men in Aleppo

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    It's the way they move... Watch MARTHA & NIKI at MOVING DOCS Home Cinema

    We are launching the MOVING DOCS Home Cinema, featuring one doc every month for you to watch online, wherever you like, whenever you like!

    Kirstin Innes looks at our first one, Martha & Niki, to discover a dance film that moulds its form around its subjects. 

    What’s most striking, of course, is the way they move.

    We watch them counting time on the stage, these two young-looking girls, swamped in huge sweatshirts and baggy trousers, as a parade of male dancers enact those same spindly, robotic flicks and jerks that hip hop crowds have come to expect. Three, two, one – and Martha and Niki bound into the space, their bodies synced perfectly, each beat and roll mirrored. They seem to fly; a two-part being, separate but one. Their astonishing energy and commitment to the moment vastly outshine the lanky, bored-looking b-boy crew they’re facing off against; their interpretation of what’s possible within the arena uses far more imagination, creativity and skill, and – let’s be honest – they’re having far more fun together.

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    Martha & Niki to kick off MOVING DOCS Home Cinema

    From now on, we'll bring Moving Docs not just to the big screen. 

    Every month, our new MOVING DOCS Home Cinema will allow you to see very special documentary films where you want, whenever you want.

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    The old man and the sea

    “We sea men are not normal. They call us 'sub' because we really are sub-normal. Because what Jacques Mayol did was not normal. If that had been normal we would have been really crazy.” – Giancarlo Formichi, underwater cinematographer and friend of Jacques Mayol

    A thoughtful, multi-layered look at the life of free-diver Jacques Mayol (perhaps best known to cineastes as the inspiration for Luc Besson’s divisive but world-famous 1988 film The Big Blue), Dolphin Man is a far more complex film than its title would have you believe. Somehow, director Lefteris Charitos has combined three very different kinds of film – the nature documentary, the voyeuristic thrills of an extreme sports film, and an apparently straightforward biopic – into something infinitely more compelling that transcends all three.

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  • Upcoming screenings

    Thank You For The Rain in Aberdeen
    Friday, November 17, 2017 at 20:15
    Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen , United Kingdom
    Bobbi Jene in Rome
    Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 18:00
    Cinema Teatro Palladium in Rome, Italy
    Dolphin Man in Rome
    Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 18:00
    Cinema Teatro Palladium in Rome, Italy
    Free Lunch Society in Aberdeen
    Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 17:45
    Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen , United Kingdom
    Free Lunch Society in Derry
    Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 18:00
    Nerve Centre in Londonderry, United Kingdom
    Free Lunch Society in Athens
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 19:30
    French Institute in Athens, Greece
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