Docurama 2

Testify!

Docurama is a selection of this year’s best documentaries pushing the boundaries of the form. Testify! are films that bear witness to unknown histories or take closer looks at pieces of the history that seemed to happen right in front of our eyes and ears. It’s what they did in the shadows in the World Trade Center and a hip hop alphabet that covers black identity from A to Z, but also highly individual responses to social injustice, ending on a carnivalesque panorama of Finland through the sounds of “People’s Radio”.

Screened:
THU 28/10, 21:00 FYRIS
SUN 31/10, 13:00 REGINA
KORTFILMFESTIVALEN PLAY

TRADE CENTER

The voices of five gay men who cruised for sex at the World Trade Center in the 1980s and 1990s haunt the sanitized, commerce-driven landscape that is the newly rebuilt Freedom Tower campus.

United States 2021 / 8:36 / Director: Adam B Baran / Producer: Ethan Weinstock

SAME/DIFFERENT/BOTH/NEITHER

In a period of isolation, far away from each other, two friends reconnect through video-letters, inspired by the poetic gaze of women experimental filmmakers. They share their inspiration while capturing the reality of these times: the pot-banging protests against Bolsonaro, a home moving, the passing of days that feel all the same, gentrification that won’t stop even during a pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests and the yearning of meeting each other again soon.

Brazil 2020 / 19:00 / Director: Adriana Barbosa, Fernanda Pessoa

GREETINGS FROM MYANMAR

Umbrella drinks and genocide.

Norway 2020 / 5:18 / Director: Andreas J. Riiser, Sunniva Sundby

DON’T GO TELLIN’ YOUR MOMMA

In 1970 a group of Black educators in Chicago developed a flashcard set of the Alphabet in order to provide Black centered teaching materials to a vastly White landscape of text books and learning materials. The Black ABCs were born. Now 50 years later, as artist Topaz Jones debuts a view into his and America’s Black Identity through 26 individual scenes, each representing a letter and Topaz’s corresponding update to their meanings.

United States 2021 / 34:33 / Director: Topaz Jones, rubberband

A PEOPLE'S RADIO - BALLADS FROM A WOODED COUNTRY

A carnivalesque portrayal of the Finnish landscape of the soul and abode, based on the iconic TV programme “People’s Radio”.

Finland 2021 / 26:30 / Director: Virpi Suutari / Producer: Virpi Suutari, Martti Suosalo

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