Documentary Voices 2019

January 23–April 24, 2019

Our annual series of nonfiction films showcases inventive approaches to the documentary form.

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  • Minding the Gap

  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening

  • Luz obscura

  • Upcoming
  • Past
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Upcoming Films

  • Film still: A canoe-like boat with a lone passenger floats on a river or lake during twilight. A boom micorphone is visible stading in the center of the boat.

    Dusk Chorus

    Nika Saravanja, Alessandro D’Emilia
    Italy, 2016
    • Wednesday, February 20 7 PM
    Introduction by Richard Lerman

    This documentary follows eco-composer David Monacchi’s attempt to create a 3-D aural record of the vanishing sounds of the Amazon rainforests. With Richard Lerman’s short Arctic Transitions: In the Age of Carbon.

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  • The Tiniest Place

    Tatiana Huezo
    Mexico, 2011
    • Wednesday, March 6 7 PM

    Soulful and beautifully rendered, this documentary on the scars of the Salvadoran civil war is an evocative testament to memory and the power of life to rebound after unspeakable tragedy.

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  • Yours in Sisterhood

    Irene Lusztig
    United States, 2018
    • Wednesday, March 13 7 PM
    Irene Lusztig in Person

    Lusztig unearthed letters to Ms. magazine—most of them never published—and asked women around the US to read them aloud, creating an extraordinary dialogue between the past and the future of feminism.

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  • El Mar La Mar

    Joshua Bonnetta, J. P. Sniadecki
    United States, 2017
    • Wednesday, March 20 7 PM
    Introduced by Diana Ruíz

    Weaving breathtaking footage of the Sonoran Desert with eerie off-camera interviews, this film captures the desperation and haunting beauty that the land between Mexico and the United States has come to represent.

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  • Behemoth

    Zhao Liang
    China, France, 2015
    • Wednesday, April 3 7 PM

    This politicized examination of China’s war on its own environment is a visionary combination of observational documentary, experimental essay, and Workingman’s Death–like vision of hell on earth.

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  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening

    RaMell Ross
    United States, 2018
    • Wednesday, April 10 7 PM

    Award-winning photographer RaMell Ross’s inspired and intimate portrait of an African American community in rural Alabama captures small but precious moments in black lives with rapturous attention. The film is a nominee for this year's Academy Award for Best Documentary.

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  • Luz obscura

    Susana de Sousa Dias
    Portugal, 2017
    • Wednesday, April 24 7 PM
    Les Blank Lecture by Susana de Sousa Dias

    Susana de Sousa Dias continues her exploration of Portugal’s tragic past in this moving experimental essay film on political imprisonment, government oppression, and the families left behind in their wake.

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Past Films

  • Minding the Gap

    • Wednesday, February 13 7 PM
    Bing Liu
    United States, 2018

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    Bing Liu documents his skateboarding friends over ten years as they raise themselves on the streets of a rust belt town. “A rich, devastating essay on race, class, and manhood in 21st-century America” (New York Times). Nominated for this year's Academy Award for Best Documentary.

  • Film still: Four Middle-Eastern men stand in a line, smiling with their hands in motion.

    Out on the Street

    • Wednesday, January 30 7 PM
    Jasmina Metwaly, Philip Rizk
    Egypt, 2015

    Ten Egyptian workers distill their experiences of injustice and exploitation at the hands of bosses, police, and the court system into a series of vignettes for this documentary that engages “ideas about labor, social justice, and the circulation of images” (MoMA).

    Jasmina Metwaly in Person

  • Film still: a man seems to speak animatedly and in the face of a woman who looks past him.

    One Way or Another

    • Wednesday, January 23 7 PM
    Sara Gómez
    Cuba, 1974–77

    Imported 35mm Print

    This masterpiece of Cuban cinema integrates documentary and fiction to offer an unflinching analysis of the problems of urban life and conflicts of race, class, sex, and religion in Castro’s Cuba.