Documentary Voices 2023

February 1–April 12, 2023

Our annual series features an international array of recent and historical documentaries and nonfiction films.

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  • Eami

  • Yãmĩyhex, The Woman-Spirit

  • Fad’jal

  • And when I die, I won’t stay dead

  • Expedition Content

  • Mamá

  • Karrabing Film Collective: Day in the Life

  • Marwa Arsanios: Who Is Afraid of Ideology? Part 2

  • Upcoming
  • Past
  • Past

Past Films

  • A Night of Knowing Nothing

    • Wednesday, April 12 7 PM
    Payal Kapadia
    France, India, 2021

    In Indian director “Payal Kapadia’s kaleidoscopic, Cannes prize-winning documentary . . . love for the moving image—and love for artistic creativity—marches hand in hand with the fight for political freedom” (Guardian). With a short by Amit Dutta.

  • Eami

    • Wednesday, April 5 7 PM
    Paz Encina
    Paraguay, 2022

    Cosponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies

    “A hazy daydream of a film,” Eami is “equal parts nature doc and choral poem, an experimental memory essay that’s also an urgent elegy for a people, a forest, a world” (Variety). With Paz Encina’s sound piece Traéme Agua, Traéme Miel.

    Paz Encina and Natalia Brizuela in Conversation

  • And when I die, I won’t stay dead

    • Wednesday, March 22 7 PM
    Billy Woodberry
    United States, Portugal, 2015

    Billy Woodberry’s “daring and accomplished documentary” (New Yorker) of Bob Kaufman, one of the most overlooked of the Beat Generation artists, is lovingly assembled from archival footage, documents, and interviews. With an homage to Ousmane Sembène’s Black Docker.

    Les Blank Lecture by Billy Woodberry

  • Mamá

    • Wednesday, March 15 7 PM
    Xun Sero
    Mexico, 2022

    Mexican Tzotzil filmmaker Xun Sero’s Mamá is “an extraordinarily sensitive first film where both mother and son open a dialogue in an attempt at self-discovery” (HotDocs).

    Xun Sero and Natalia Brizuela in Livestream Conversation

  • Expedition Content

    • Wednesday, March 8 7 PM
    Ernst Karel, Veronika Kusumaryati
    United States, 2020

    This fascinating sonic ethnography, which draws on the audio archive from Robert Gardner’s 1961 expedition to West Papua, is “a mind-expanding inquiry on anthropology” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times).

    Ernst Karel in Person

  • Out of the Vault: Dead Birds

    • Sunday, March 5 5 PM
    Robert Gardner
    United States, 1964

    One of the most influential ethnographic films of the 1960s, Dead Birds is director Robert Gardner’s interpretation of life among the Dani people of West Papua. With shorts from his Baliem Valley 1961 series. 

    Introduced by Ernst Karel

  • Short Films by Alice Diop: Towards Tenderness

    • Wednesday, March 1 7 PM
    Alice Diop
    France, 2016

    Born in France to Senegalese parents, Alice Diop (Saint Omer) brings a unique perspective to migrant and Black diaspora experience. Influenced by Jean Rouch and Frederick Wiseman, she makes films that bring those on the periphery to the center. 

  • Fad’jal

    • Wednesday, February 22 7 PM
    Safi Faye
    Senegal, 1979

    In Fad’jal, the groundbreaking Senegalese-French filmmaker and ethnologist Safi Faye investigates traditions of storytelling through a beautiful portrait of her ancestral farming village. 

  • Yãmĩyhex, The Woman-Spirit

    • Wednesday, February 15 7 PM
    Sueli Maxakali, Isael Maxakali
    Brazil, 2019

    Yãmĩyhex, The Woman-Spirit is “a film haunted by a myth, inhabited by the careful construction of rituals and celebration, moved by the force of a spiritual bond with every manifestation of life” (Sheffield DocFest).

    Gustavo Caboco in Person; Sueli Maxakali, Isael Maxakali, Carolina Canguçu, Roberto Romero, and Natalia Brizuela in Prerecorded Conversation

  • The Karrabing Film Collective

    • Wednesday, February 8 7 PM

    The members of the Australian Indigenous media group the Karrabing Film Collective use cell phones and handheld cameras to record daily life in their rural community as a form of grassroots resistance.

  • One Among Many: Women Documenting Women

    • Wednesday, February 1 7 PM

    In this selection of documentary and ethnographic films, women filmmakers from Lebanon, Senegal, Tanzania, and the United States employ different stylistic approaches and modes of address to depict women’s experience and work.