DOCUMENTARY

MODERN TIMES 'critics write about international documentaries, (most often the political ones) as well as some fiction films, series and documentary photography.
From 2020, you will find documentaries in the attached MODER TIMES REVIEW (See www.moderntimes.review)

HUXLEY'S DYSTOPIA: What would you rather be - happy or free?

SCIENCE FICTION: The TV series based on Aldous Huxley's Brave New World contains - by including digital surveillance - also an essential element from George Orwell's dystopian vision of the future.
The Outpost

Brave soldiers and lost system criticism

cinema Relevant The Outpost confirms the turn American war films have taken from system criticism of the hero cult.
Nothing To Be Afraid Of Director Silva Khnkanosian

Behind the idyll lurks the landmines

WASTES OF WAR: Five female miners try to remove land mines in the beautiful landscape of Nagorno-Karabakh.

"What we want to say 'yes' to."

BOOK: Photographer Kajsa Gullberg is a Socrates light in the sex club. The photographs from the club are blurred and reddish.
Ninosca Director Peter Torbiörnsson Sweden

Forty years of dreaming of a better life

NINOSCAS CAMP: Independence and detachment from violence and oppressive macho culture in Nicaragua - filmed for forty years.

Blacklisted workers were denied a job

CONTROL: Unthinkable bureaucrats, sneaky employer organizations and a corrupt police monitor and blacklist "troubled" or suspicious workers systematically.
NAK-ED Director Jan Dalchow Norway

Who dares disappoint the camera?

NØGENHED: Norwegian Jan Dalchow's new documentary series about body shame is honorable, but also trivial and sentimental.
Liremu Barana (Soul of the Sea)

Short film winners with political sting

NORWEGIAN SHORT MOVIE: Many of the films at this year's digital short film festival in Grimstad dealt with current political themes.
Y-block interior

Short film program about the Y-block and the vulnerability of architecture

ARCHITECTURE: Two films about the Y-block have, in the shelter of the ongoing demolition, become both documentation of ideological oscillations and mourning hymns over a lost time.

Strong hostage drama from reality

DANISH IS-CATCH: The feature film about Danish Daniel Rye captured by IS in Syria shows that Scandinavian film does not have to be toothless entertainment to hit wide.
Bait Director Mark Jenkin UK

The limits of the genuine

TOURISM AND AUTHENTICITY: The distinctive feature film Bait describes the conflict between local fishermen and holidaymakers in Cornwall and is a social realist drama portrayed in a strikingly small social realist way.

Virtual walks

PHOTO: The corona crisis has created new virtual galleries for photography. MODERN TIMES has visited several of them.
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.