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DOCAVIV 2019

Docaviv reveals its full programme

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- The 21st edition of Israel's biggest documentary event will present 130 films across eight sections and will focus on the riveting dialogue between man and nature

Docaviv reveals its full programme
The Disappearance of My Mother by Beniamino Barrese

The 21st edition of Docaviv, Tel Aviv’s international documentary film festival, which runs from 23 May–1 June, has announced its full programme, consisting of 130 films across eight sections. In addition to the Israeli Competition, which was announced earlier this month (see the news), the festival features two main competitive, feature-length film strands: the International Competition and Depth of Field.

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The International Competition consists of 11 titles, eight of which are European (co-)productions: Mint Film Office's IDFA prizewinner 'Now something is slowly changing’ [+see also:
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(Netherlands), Goran Dević's DOK Leipzig-awarded On the Water [+see also:
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(Croatia), Hassan Fazili's Sundance and Visions du Réel hit Midnight Traveler [+see also:
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(USA/Qatar/UK/Canada), Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff's IDFA-awarded Los Reyes [+see also:
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(Chile/Germany), Kim Longinotto's Sundance and Berlinale title Shooting the Mafia [+see also:
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(Ireland/USA), Anna Eborn's Göteborg and Rotterdam prizewinner Transnistra [+see also:
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(Sweden/Denmark/Belgium), Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov's triple Sundance winner Honeyland [+see also:
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(Macedonia), and Beniamino Barrese's Sundance and CPH:DOX entry The Disappearance of My Mother [+see also:
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(Italy/USA). Two US films, 17 Blocks by Davy Rothbart and Mike Wallace Is Here by Avi Belkin, plus the Canadian production Dark Suns by Julien Elie, round off the selection. For more information, please click here.

The Depth of Field Competition consists of nine films that push the envelope of the genre, redefining the word “documentary”. Seven of them are European (co-)productions, including Guy-Marc Hinant's Charleroi, the Land of 60 Mountains (Belgium), Victor Moreno's The Hidden City [+see also:
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(Spain/France/Germany), Mischa Hedinger's African Mother (Switzerland), Israela Shaer Meoded's Woman (Israel) and Francisco Marise's To War [+see also:
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(Spain/Argentina/Portugal/Panama). For the full list, please click here

Docaviv’s artistic director, Karin Rywkind Segal, comments: “This year’s programme delves into the heated, riveting dialogue between man and nature through thrilling, multi-faceted, soul-touching cinema. The carefully curated programme reflects the big picture as well as the smaller details of our world, examining the sins of the past and a disturbing present, but never neglecting to show humanity and beauty.”

Sidebar sections include Panorama, with films such as Aquarela [+see also:
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Earth [+see also:
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Gods of Molenbeek [+see also:
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Sakawa
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and Cold Case Hammarskjöld [+see also:
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; and Masters, with the latest films by Jean Gabriel PériotTsai Ming Liang, Vitaly Mansky and Werner Herzog, while great Japanese helmer Kazuo Hara will enjoy a retrospective. More appealing documentaries can be found in the Arts&Culture and Music sections (including Architecture of Infinity [+see also:
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, Up the Mountain, The Ghost of Peter Sellers [+see also:
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, Mystify: Michael Hutchence
 and Suede: The Insatiable Ones). To consult the full programme, please click here.

Finally, Docaviv's industry section will feature the DOC LAB TLV, a rough-cut workshop, as well as a seminar entitled International Marketing and Distribution: From PR to the Oscars, and the new WebiDocs segment, spotlighting the emerging field of web documentaries.

“Docaviv draws in tens of thousands of attendees annually, providing them with the richest, most up-to-date programme in the international documentary field,” says Docaviv’s festival director, Galia Bador. “Last year’s edition attracted 60,000 visitors, and a total of 120,000 filmgoers attended Docaviv screenings during 2018. These numbers reflect people’s need and desire for free and daring art, the kind that showcases diverse and thought-provoking voices and perspectives.”

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