Questioning assumptions through film and debate has an invaluable value, something that Doclisboa – led by Cintia Gil and Davide Oberto – still takes seriously. Their stand was temporarily put to the test this year when two embassies demanded changes to this year's film program. While the Turkish embassy objected to the written reference to the Armenian genocide and atrocities committed against the Kurds, the Ukrainian embassy demanded that the film Their Own Republic, directed by Russian-born Aliona Polunina, was to be removed from the screening list. According to the Ukrainian embassy, the film did not reflect what the international community has characterized as Russian hostilities in the country. Doclisboa not only rejected this outside intervention, but also publicly stated that they intended to be an "area for discussion. . .