Kirstin Innes finds hope and black comedy in Raving Iran, a story of two young DJs following the beat and defying the authorities.
Midway through Raving Iran, our protagonists, two young Iranian house DJs, Anoosh & Arash, are trying to get a CD of their latest album printed and distributed. They go through the official channels for permission and are turned away; Iran’s strict laws prohibit the distribution of any music that is not traditional, and various aspects of their packaging – Latin typeface, a picture of a man with his back exposed, any depiction at all of their female singer – are turned down. They try an endless succession of printers and then shopkeepers, and time and again they hear the question “is it political?”. No, they say, genuinely baffled each time. It’s just music.Read more
At the next Moving Docs online session for all of our screening partners, we’re looking across the pond again for some cutting-edge inspiration for the outreach work all of us are undertaking.
Kartemquin Films in Chicago have been making social-issue documentaries for more than 50 years – and outreach has been part of that from the very beginning: they’ve always taken their films to the people, they do lots of educational work, and also see themselves as media activists – for example advocating fair use. They’re best known for Hoop Dreams, one of the most successful American documentaries that also triggered a scholarship fund for school children. As an organisation, Kartemquin is not your ordinary production or distribution company either: they’re set up as a non-profit collaborative.Read more
Adoption papers are here and Moving Docs is proud to welcome Daphne to the family!
Sift through the layers of Syria’s war of misinformation while bearing witness to the work of the White Helmets.
“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.Read more
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.
Last Men in Aleppo
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.
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.Read more
Fritz Kohle reports on the latest findings from and trends in audience analysis from IBC 2017.
Every year the film and TV industry gathers in Amsterdam at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) to discuss how technology is shaping content, production, distribution and exhibition. Past keynote speakers have included James Cameron and will.i.am, and panel discussions are led by illustrious figures such as Andrew Neill. Topics are broad-ranging: a recent discussion was called ‘Understanding Generation Z: where are they, how do you attract them and how do you make money from them?’.
This year I attended the IBC sessions called ‘Who is your Cinema Audience in 2017?’ to discover how the industry is planning to exploit user data to make profit.Read more
"There's no such thing as a free lunch," the old saying goes. The new Moving Docs film Free Lunch Society looks into the viability of an unconditional basic income for everyone.
Now we've got some free books to go with the free lunch. Yet again, nothing's really for free... You'll need to tell us in one sentence what you'd do if your basic needs were taken care of by receiving a basic income from the state.
Tell us and win a book: what would you do if you had a citizen's basic income?
Would you quit your job? Pursue your long life dream of becoming a professional drummer? Make no changes and put the extra money in your mattress?Read more