Documentary Voices 2018

January 17–April 18, 2018

Our annual documentary series spotlights politically engaged works ranging from Colombia to Portugal to the Canadian North.

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  • Angry Inuk

  • Fish Tail

  • Under the Sun

  • Strong Island

  • Upcoming
  • Past
  • Past

Past Films

  • In the Intense Now

    • Wednesday, April 4 7 PM
    • Friday, May 4 7 PM
    João Moreira Salles
    Brazil, 2017

    Salles portrays the pivotal, tumultuous 1960s through archival footage and home movies from May ’68 Paris, Soviet-invaded Czechoslovakia, China during the Cultural Revolution, and Brazil under military rule. “It’s a documentary that’s really a meditation—history made poetic” (Variety).

  • Strong Island

    • Wednesday, April 18 7 PM
    Yance Ford
    United States, Denmark, 2017

    Free screening for BAMPFA members and UC Berkeley students only

    The murder of the filmmaker’s brother forms the basis of this powerful, disturbing, and very personal documentary on one family’s suffering and an entire society’s injustice and institutional racism. “A masterpiece for difficult times” (Film Quarterly).

    Les Blank Lecture by Yance Ford

  • Memory and Forgetting: Video Art in Latin America

    • Wednesday, March 21 7 PM

    A rare opportunity to see artistic reactions to colonial history, military dictatorships, and political violence by artists from Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Uruguay.

    Introduction by Elena Shtromberg; Oscar Muñoz in Person

  • Under the Sun

    • Wednesday, March 14 7 PM
    Vitaly Mansky
    Russia, Latvia, Germany, Czech Republic, North Korea, 2015

    Shot with the permission and supervision of North Korean authorities, Russian director Vitaly Mansky’s film turns a propaganda effort into a deep-cover documentary about life inside one of the world’s most repressive nations.

  • Maintenance

    • Wednesday, March 7 7 PM
    Adele Horne
    United States, 2012

    A portrait of homes and their owners’ attitudes toward cleaning them. “It’s like a James Benning remake of Jeanne Dielman” (Cinema Scope).

    Adele Horne in Person

  • In the Year of the Pig

    • Wednesday, February 28 7 PM
    Emile de Antonio
    United States, 1969

    Restored 35mm Print

    This Academy Award–nominated doc makes the case against US intervention in Vietnam using an incendiary montage style. “An explosive analysis of the American war machine” (Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research).

  • Fish Tail

    • Wednesday, February 21 7 PM
    Joachim Pinto, Nuno Leonel
    Portugal, 2015

    The Portuguese filmmakers revisited decades-old footage of fishermen in the Azores for this beautiful essay film. “If Rossellini had ever made it to the Azores, he might have come up with something akin to Fish Tail” (Senses of Cinema).

  • Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

    • Sunday, February 4 3 PM
    • Wednesday, February 14 7 PM
    Frederick Wiseman
    United States, 2017

    Frederick Wiseman’s latest documentary provides welcome confirmation of the survival of intelligent life in discouraging times, following the work behind and beyond the books at the New York Public Library.

  • The Red Line

    • Wednesday, February 7 7 PM
    José Filipe Costa
    Portugal, 2012

    This 2012 work revisits Thomas Harlan’s 1975 documentary Torre Bela in order to investigate not only the Portuguese revolution, but the very idea of the political documentary.

  • Torre Bela

    • Wednesday, January 31 7 PM
    Thomas Harlan
    France, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, 1975

    This film created by a German leftist in Portugal documents efforts to return a large private estate to local workers. “One of the purest examples of militant documentary” (Harvard Film Archive).

  • Angry Inuk

    • Wednesday, January 24 7 PM
    Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
    Canada, 2016

    Inuit filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s passionate, mind-shifting film documents new strands of Inuit activism—“part exposé, part personal documentary, and part community portrait” (TIFF). With Jonathan Wright’s animated short The Bear Facts.

  • Short Films of Luis Ospina

    • Wednesday, January 17 7 PM

    One of Colombia’s most influential, prolific filmmakers presents three of his works, including the classic Vampires of Poverty, that incorporate political critique, an aesthetic sensibility, and, importantly, a sense of humor.

    Luis Ospina in Person