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.

Organic grief work

Something in the world has run smoothly - something opaque, animalistic.

The camera lens as a political tool

The Italian political film is on Cinemateket's program this weekend. The social engagement of neorealism goes a few steps further in Elio Petri's uncovering of the alienating game of power, with clear lines of connection to the Kafkas Process.

Refugees watching us

In Every Face Has A Name, testimonies of Holocaust survivors are actualized by drawing threads to today's refugee streams.

Five scenes from Berlin

Does the series of manifestations throughout history have validity today? After hearing the "chameleon" Cate Blanchett quote historical manifestations through various 13 characters, the answer is yes.

Syria lost childhood

Arab Film Days: Conversations with Syrian children in flight become a mosaic of young voices appearing as a hazy, heartbreaking mirror image of adults' incomprehensible movements and exchanges.

Escape to Freedom?

Greece is known in the midst of the relocation flow. Suitably, this year's documentary film festival in Thessaloniki had its own section for films on this topic.

How to prevent terror

Oslo Document Arkino arranged 1. September debate Terrorism vs. legal security related to the display of the documentary (T) error (2015). It is again interesting to note ...

Witness the fencing of his own sex

Arab Film Days: A vivid and genuine portrayal of a political fiery theme, where the pre-pubic, tough little sister acts as an extension of the audience's gaze.

Look for what we can't see

Exile and poverty hung like a shadow over the Cinéma du Réel short film festival.

To see humanity in the eyes

With its gigantic momentum, the cinematic documentary and the multimedia project Human brings us a little closer.


A number of documentaries are emerging in the field of burgeoning journalism. This is a genre that is being prioritized today in a number of newspaper editions, where hundreds of journalists have been fired in order to fill up the shareholder dividend.

Corruption in the open

Film festival HRHW: The road to modern China seems to be paved with the methods of the Wild West, one would believe the documentary The Road.

The filmmaker as the good fairy

Is a documentary's credibility compromised when the director intervenes in the portrayed life story to achieve a desired and more salable result? The film Sonita is an important story of victory over women's oppressive traditions, but also raises difficult questions about the role of the filmmaker.

Victor Kossakovsky: Varicella

Eurodok Film Festival: Predictable but respectful film about ambitious children caught in the ballet's mandatory melancholy.

Third Period syndrome

2016 is a big election year, and so I don't aim for Donald Trump.

"Grave journalism is threatened"

The OSCE Representative for Press Freedom and the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression are concerned about the growing surveillance threat to journalists.

Spiritual DNA

What is the place of our life stories in the big context?

To take the law into your own hands

Cartel Land is a startlingly close documentary on civil protection on every side of the Mexico-US border.

"We tell ourselves and each other stories to survive"

Interview: MODERN TIMES met director Joachim Trier before the premiere of his new film Louder Than Bombs, to talk about what experiences and thinking it takes to make quality films.

Movies that speak into the world

The European Film Prize LUX can be interpreted as a propagandistic EU project - but perhaps the prize also contains a way to activate the cinematic arts and increase the chance that the films can contribute to the ongoing social debate.

Drones: A small piece of Norway

The threshold for killing someone is less when you do not have to see the one you kill. New leaks have revealed the brutality of the US drone program.

Journalism in squares

With ink as a journalistic tool, three cartoonists go to the bottom of the war in Bosnia, the counterfeit "Zions displayed protocols" and lusts.

Educational delusions

Both the Palestinian and Israeli school system cement the sacrifices of the respective parties. In Israeli schoolbooks, Palestinians are simply left out.

The Babylon, Haunted and Disorient documentaries

Between 21. September and 4. October, the Internet-based viewing platform Doc Alliance Films focused on films about refugees. Here are some of them.

The genocide in Stavanger

Kjersti Dybvig has written the story of the 22 Jews in Stavanger, who after the 1942 were erased from history. "The ongoing terror case shows that we have never settled with the Norwegian Holocaust," says the author.