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
  • Past

Past Films

  • Luz obscura

    • Wednesday, April 24 7 PM
    Susana de Sousa Dias
    Portugal, 2017

    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.

    Les Blank Lecture by Susana de Sousa Dias

  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening

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

    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 was a nominee for this year's Academy Award for Best Documentary.

  • Behemoth

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

    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.

  • El Mar La Mar

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

    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.

    Introduced by Diana Ruíz

  • Yours in Sisterhood

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

    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.

    Irene Lusztig in Person

  • The Tiniest Place

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

    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.

  • 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

    • Wednesday, February 20 7 PM
    Nika Saravanja, Alessandro D’Emilia
    Italy, 2016

    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.

    Introduction by Richard Lerman

  • 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.

  • 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.