“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.Read more
Mila Turajlić examines Serbia's political history through the eyes of her activist mother in this engrossing doc.Read more
Kirstin Innes finds hope and solidarity in a film born of desperation, now available to watch online.
Given how quickly the political landscape has shifted and shifted again in recession-hit Greece in the last decade, it’s tempting to view the aptly-titled Greece: Days of Change, which premiered in 2014, as an historical document. Against the backdrop of the 2010-2012 anti-austerity movement, Elena Zervopoulou’s documentary follows three men trying to regain control of their lives from within the recession, and the different ways they channel their anger and frustration positively.
Grigoris picking tomatoes on his farm after leaving the city with his childrenRead more
Obscuro Barroco unfolds in Rio de Janeiro, a city of extremes, where we follow the emblematic figure of Luana Muniz (1961-2017) to explore different quests for the self through transvestism, carnival, and political struggle.
Hungarian docmaker Bernadett Tuza-Ritter's stirring debut draws a hapless victim of modern-day slavery from the shadows.Read more
The Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI), a lab and research center based in Washington DC, has recently published 'Movies & Grassroots Community Engagement', written by Caty Borum Chattoo and Will Jenkins. This is the second volume of a two-volume report about documentary films’ growing impact on legislative change in the US. In effect, the publication advises documentary filmmakers how to develop an effective public-policy impact strategy.Read more
Moving Docs has commissioned Al Jazeera English journalist Patrick Strickland to write about the future of Golden Dawn, in order to further contribute to raising awareness about the rise of the far-right in Europe.
Dive into the blue with the winning photographs of the #MyBlueEurope Photo Competition!
Huub Waaldijk wins the first prize with this great photo taken in Dahab, Egypt. 📸 🌊
Moving Docs will fly him to Greece, where he will stay at the Grand Resort Lagonissi and dive in the pristine waters of the Aegean with the Athens Divers Club.
Norwegian documentary filmmaker Håvard Bustnes examines the rise of far-right nationalist party “Golden Dawn”.Read more
How do we get more people to watch documentaries on the big screen, especially given that regular theatrical releases of docs mostly fail to reach the right audiences? Moving Docs proves that 'event cinema' is the answer – but how can I participate when I'm stuck at home?
Event cinema appears to be the one thing that works: never just offer a simple film screening; always combine it with discussions, music, food and drink; better yet, hold these events in unusual places. Moving Docs partners have been good at that: In Cyprus, Lemesos International Documentary Festival held an outdoor screening on a beach, while Doc Lounge in Sweden has gone as far as screening a film in a swimming pool, their audience floating in the water. Slowly, as Fritz Kohle recently reported for Moving Docs from the IBC, the world of traditional cinema is waking up to the concept of event cinema, too.
But what about those of us who are stuck at home: as parents, due to illness, or in remote places? Do we have to miss out on the rise of event cinema? And what could Moving Docs do in order to make us feel part of it, easily, remotely, virtually?
It was in early 2016 – when we had to decide on the Moving Docs strategy for 2017 – that we all agreed we should look into virtual screening rooms that would enable us to bring event cinema to everyone – with a special focus on enabling online audiences to participate rather than just watch a one-directional live stream. And with a bigger question lurking in the long term: if such online events could be monetised through ticket sales for online participation.Read more