7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC

Crossing Hell: Anything to Get to Europe (directed by Olivier Azpitarte, Claire Billet, Paul Comiti, Camille Courcy and Olivier Jobard, France 2013)

Crossing Hell: Anything to Get to Europe (directed by Olivier Azpitarte, Claire Billet, Paul Comiti, Camille Courcy and Olivier Jobard, France 2013)

The upcoming 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is a three-day-long event during which 18 films telling stories from different places in the world will be screened. Next to the films, unusual atmosphere of the event will be created by the meetings with socially involved directors and reporters. The festival programme also includes artist talks as well as debates on contemporary challenges.

Undoubtedly, in the times of migration, one of them is to ensure solidarity crossing national boundaries. One of the festival categories – Different Faces of Migration – is devoted to this problem. The category includes 6 films presenting different stages of the journey and confronting dreams with the reality faced in Europe: The Crossing (directed by George Kurian, Norway 2015, 55 min), Crossing Hell: Anything to Get to Europe (directed by Olivier Azpitarte, Claire Billet, Paul Comiti, Camille Courcy and Olivier Jobard, France 2013, 90 min), A Requiem for Syrian Refugees (directed by Richard Wolf, USA 2014, 71 min), A Syrian Love Story (directed by Sean McAllister, UK 2015, 76 min), The Great Wall (directed by Tadhg O’Suvillan, Ireland 2015, 74 min) and On the Bride’s Side (directed by Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande and Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry, Italy/Palestine 2014, 98 min).

The second festival category – Unfinished Stories – consists of the films that draw attention to the social divisions leading to wars or which appear as a result of them, that determine functioning of society for years thus bringing peace back often seems to be impossible. Wars are still in people’s minds for a long time after their ending: Unforgiven: Rwanda (directed by Lukas Augustin, Germany/Rwanda 2014, 75 min), State of Mind (directed by Daria Lipko, Poland 2016, 53 min).

The third festival category – Personalities – will present common people facing serious choices, observing changes in their direct reality or struggling with the severity of the place  they came to live: Monk of the Sea (directed by Rafał Skalski, Poland 2016, 68 min), Anoranza (directed by Flo Flamme, Belgium 2016, 71 min) and 24 Snow (directed by Mikhail Barynin, Russia 2016, 90 min).

The two remaining festival categories focus on problems of today’s Africa – Their Africa – and America – Unknown America. The first one consists of 4 films: 2 Girls (directed by Marco Speroni, Italy 2016, 52 min), The Other Kids (directed by Pablo de la Chica, Spain 2016, 84 min), Ghost People (directed by Marek Kłosowicz and Martyna Wojciechowska, Poland 2014, 45 min), Small People. Big Trees (directed by Vadim Vitovtsev, Russia 2016, 45 min), while the second one – three: Unbranded (directed by Philip Baribeau, USA 2015, 106 min), Gold Fever (directed by  J.T. Haines,  Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne, Canada/Guatemala/USA 2013, 83 min) and Cartel Land (directed by Matthew Heineman, Mexico/USA 2015, 99 min).

Besides the films, the festival offers the viewers a chance of active participation in inspiring meetings, debates and workshops. Between presentations, they will have the opportunity to talk to Polish and foreign directors, well-known experts and activists. The participation has been confirmed by Mikhail Barynin, Piotr Brysacz, Pablo de la Chica, Artur Domosławski, Flo Flamme, Sean McAllister, Jędrzej Morawiecki and Marco Speroni, among others. The guests of the festival will also have an opportunity to improve their skills at filmmaking workshops run by two artists repeatedly awarded for their social and film activity – Lukas and Salome Augustin.

Winners of the HumanDOC Proclub Camera photo contest will be announced during the festival and the winning photos will be presented in Kinoteka, the festival main cinema. Additional screenings will be organised in the Staromiejski Dom Kultury, while the selected films will be available on the web film platform IPLA (only on Polish territory).

The 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is co-financed within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Polish Development Cooperation Programme.

The detailed programme of the festival is available @ www.festival.humandoc.pl

7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC
@ Kinoteka (Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Sq., Warsaw, Poland)
November 25-27, 2016

The 7th International Documentary Film Festival HumanDOC is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.

Open-air photo workshops in Vilnius

© Marian Schmidt

© Marian Schmidt

Open-air photographic workshops are a very important part of teaching photography. They offer ability to use theoretical knowledge in practice under the supervision of experienced tutors. The more you should consider invitation of the Warsaw School of Photography and Graphic Design which organises a 4-day-long outdoor photo workshop in Vilnius (June 3-7, 2015).

Still not sure? The workshops will be led by exceptional instructors: Anita Andrzejewska (cd! #1), Damian Chrobak (doc! #13 & #19), and Marian Schmidt (director of the school).

Price: PLN 1,200 or PLN 900 (for the school’s students and graduates). The fee includes participation in the workshops, substantive meetings, hostel accommodation in dormitories and bus ride on the Warsaw – Vilnius – Warsaw route.

Registration: until April 30 at the school office or via online form, which can be found @ www.wsfoto.art.pl/plenery (website in Polish language version only).

Attention: number of seats is limited!