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MODERN TIMES's critics write about international documentary (most often the political one) as well as some fiction film and documentary
- around 10 reviews / reviews every month.

Near and Elsewhere Directors: Sue-Alice Okukubo and Eduard Zorzenoni Germany

Warning of the future

Utopia: An essayistic documentary that stretches towards future visions and utopias, but with a bleak foundational tone and inability to see any way out of the paralysis it describes.
Now that Last Director Ben Rivers UK

Attentive and timeless presence

SLOW TRAVEL: Animals often have an almost enviable ability to find their place in the whole. Why can't people do the same?
unorthodox

To escape the ultra-Orthodox lifestyle

Thoughtful story of a young girl leaving a Hasidic society for a better life outside.
Thy Kingdom Come Director Eugene Richards USA

False priest listens to true testimony

DIFFICULT ASKED: In Thy Kingdom Come, photographer and filmmaker Eugene Richards gives voice to ordinary people who are largely invisible in today's United States.
DEVS amaya office

The omniscient but predetermined man

FREE WILL: Masterfully, the miniseries ask Dev's big questions about a deterministic worldview versus free will, and the almost unlimited power of modern "tech" companies.
Planet of humans solar cells

Michael Moore's new film: Critical to alternative energy

ENVIRONMENT: For many, green energy solutions are just a new way to make money, says director Jeff Gibbs.
American Factory Directors Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

Chinese loyalty clashes with American tradition on the factory floor

GLOBALIZATION: American Factory offers a cultural collision and fraternity between high-tech China and American working class workers.

Nature determines, not we

PHOTO: The theme of the exhibition 'The Beginning' with Lennart Nilsson's photographs is particularly touching and thought provoking now that the pandemic is raging.
Citizen K Director Alex Gibney USA, UK

Wild West conditions in 90's Russia

oligarchs: Is former Yukos chief and one of Russia's powerful oligarchs, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a villain or a dissident?

Refugees, sports and photography

PHOTO: The refugee crisis in Lesbos is the worst we have seen in a long time.
Sunless Shadows Director Mehrdad Oskouei Iran, Norway

When killing is the only solution

ABUSE: In an Iranian youth detention center, a group of teenage girls is being detained. They have all killed a father, brother or spouse.
Teslafy Me Director Janja Glogovac Slovenia

Tesla: The visionary who wanted to give the world free power

FORGOT GENI? The film Teslafy Me wipes dust off the story of inventor Nikola Tesla, whom we can thank every time we are connected to the world.

South African identity

PHOTO: South African photographer Santu Mofokeng recently died at the age of 63. His image essays from the time during and after apartheid, however, live on.
The Plot Against America TV SERIES Series Creators David Simon and Ed Burns

Ground Fascism

ANTI-SEMITISM: Although depicting an alternate history of the United States during World War II, The Plot Against America paints a frighteningly realistic picture of how fascist ideology can unfold in practice.
Dead Nation (Tara Moarta) Director Radu Jude

Romania's bad conscience

HOLOCAUST: A doctor's diary reveals the troubling story of how Romania treated the Jews during World War II.
City of the Dead (Ciudad de los muertos) Director Miguel Eek

Everyday life with the dead

DEATH: The work of puzzleing about the dead in the cemetery is mostly about dealing with the living
Weapon Use. illustration

Arms exports: A shameful political theater

WAR INDUSTRY:When the oil age is over, we can survive war - if we turn right. Drama series Made in Norway raises ethical issues for the Norwegian arms industry.
Chasing Yehoshua Instructor Shay Fogelman

The radical settlers

A MURDERER: Human-hunting for radical settlers from the West Bank turns into a gifted psychological portrait of a tormented soul.
Army Director Kelvin Kyung Kun Park South Korea

On the health loose for the fatherland

MILITARY SERVICE: Kelvin Kyung Only Parks Army offers an insight into South Korea's first-ever service, where the individual is given a collective identity.
Kabul, City in the Wind Director Aboozar Amini

Everyday life in Kabul

AFGHANISTAN: In the capital, Kabul, which only gets international attention when suicide bombers attack, director Aboozar Amini is a fly on the wall in the lives of ordinary people.
Cinema Futures Director Michael Palm Austria / India / Norway / USA

Goodbye to the film reels

CAPTURE: Cinema Futures is both a poetic farewell with a medium on the way out and a complex analysis of the many sides of the digital revolution.
Adam Director Maryam Touzani Morocco, France and Belgium

Sensible Arabic film-painting

WOMEN: A sensual and strong relationship between women without a touch of Hollywood feel.

Saudi women's struggle mediated with soap aesthetics

CLOSED SOCIETY: The fight for equality and justice in a gender-divided everyday life is the theme of al-Mansour's fourth feature film Maryam, an "adult version" of the first movie Wadjda.
Saudi runaway

Technology for good and for bad

TECHNOLOGY: During the Sundance film festival and at the Berlin, several films with technology were shown as a central part of the action. What does technology do with us?

All the women of the world - united on film

WOMAN PORTRAITS: Woman is a sequel to Yann Arthus-Bertrand's panoramic portrait of humanity, this time about the female part of the globe's population.