Friday, December 30, 2011

Out now: the DocPoint 2012 newspaper

DocPoint the Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, the biggest documentary film festival in the Nordic countries, takes place for the 11th time on 24-29 January, 2012. The DocPoint newspaper was published a week ago, and the festival programme will be online on 5 January. The programming is strong, and the newspaper (in Finnish) offers great reading even for the one who cannot attend the festival. The artistic director is Erja Dammert, the executive director is Leena Närekangas, and the editor of the newspaper is Tii Starck.

In 2012 the features include:
* the Apollo award to the visionary producer Iikka Vehkalahti
* live cinema event: Rien que les heures with Maud Nelissen's trio playing the original score
* opening movie: Jälki elämässä - 4 tarinaa kidutuksesta [A Trace in Life - 4 stories about torture] by Mervi Junkkonen
* Dokkino for children
* Finnsurf: surfing in cold water
* Five Star Existence: Sonja Lindén's movie about the transformation of life through technology
* Yhden miehen rauha [One Man's Peace] by Kati Juurus on Abdullahi Farah, peace negotiator in Somalia
* Säilöttyjä unelmia [Canned Dreams] by Katja Gauriloff on the the way of canned food to the consumer
* a retrospective of Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, a photographer and film-maker based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a founder of the Amber collective
* Lastuja [Splinters] by Peter von Bagh on Juhani Aho's family of artists
* Cave of Forgotten Dreams by Werner Herzog
* A Wall Is a Screen movie happening, starting on the Helsinki Senate Square
* A Boatload of Wild Irishmen by Brian Winston on Robert J. Flaherty
* Ballroom Dancer by Christian Holten Bonke and Andreas Koefoed on the last challenge of a world class dancer, a dance of death
* Senna by Asif Kapadian on Ayrton Senna the F1 driver
* Planet of Snail by Seung-Jun Yin on a love story among the disabled
* Kumaré by Vikram Gandhi on a fake guru
* Catfish by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost on a special relationship that starts in the social media

* The Arab spring: Tahrir - Liberation Square (Stefano Savona), Forbidden (Ammal Ramsis), Grandma, a Thousand Times (Mahmoud Kaabouri), At Night, They Dance (Isabelle Lavigne, Stéphane Thibault), A
* Road to Mecca - The Journey of Muhammad Asad, the story of the Pale of Settlement Jew turned an Arab statesman
* 5 Broken Cameras by Emad Burnat
* Waiting for Abu Zayd by Mohammad Ali Atassi
* special guest: Eyal Sivan, with his films Jaffa, the Orange's Clockwork, and Route 181, Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel

* Palazzo delle Aquile on homelessness in Palermo
* Foreign and Imagining Emanuel, on the African emigration to Europe
* Italy - Love It Or Leave It by Luca Ragazzi and Gustav Hofer
* He Thinks He's the Best by Maria Kuhlberg on a family feud among Italian Gastarbeiter
* All for the Good of the World and Nosovice by Vit Klusac on the Korean Hyundai company starting a giant car factory in the middle of Czech cabbage fields

* You've Been Trumped by Anthony Baxter on Donald Trump's building project in Scotland
* If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front by Marshall Curry
* Leader-Sheep and Big Boys Gone Bananas! on civil activism
* There Once Was an Island by Briar March on the Takuu atoll about to be covered by the ocean
* Made in China by Jian Dou on workers' conditions in China
* Empire of Dust by Loa Yen and Eddy on Chinese-Kongolese economic collaboration

* Water Land by Vik Muniz on the world's biggest dump in Rio de Janeiro
* Your Garbage Is Their Gold: the story of the Palermo junk dealers
* Field of Magic: the story of the homeless that have lived next to a dump in Lithuania for 20 years
* How Are You by Jannik Splidsboel on the Danish artist duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset
* Water Children by Aliona van der Horst on art on the carnal dimension of womanhood

* How Are You Doing, Rudolf Ming? on a Latvian boy's self-made moving images
* Life in Stills by Tamar Tali on the 96-year old Israeli photographer Miriam
* Phnom Penh Lullaby (Cambodia) and Position among the Stars (Indonesia)
* Marathon Boy on a 3 year old marathon runner boy
* Planet Kirsan by Magdalena Pieta on Kazakh children as chess champions
* My Reincarnation by Jennifer Fox on a Tibetan Buddhist family drama

* George Harrison: Living in the Material World by Martin Scorsese
* From the Sky Down by David Guggenheim on U2
* Inni by Sigur Rós
* God Bless Ozzy Osbourne by Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli

* Hell and Back Again by Danfung Dennis on the war in Afghanistan
* Enemies of the People by Thet Sambath on the Khmer Rouge genocide
* Specialist: Portrait of a Modern Criminal by Eyal Sivan on Adolf Eichmann
* The Tiniest Place by Tatiana Huezo on El Salvador

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