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DOCSBARCELONA 2024

Il colonialismo al centro del 27mo DocsBarcelona

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- La manifestazione catalana mostrerà dal 2 al 12 maggio il meglio della produzione documentaria mondiale con 50 titoli di alto contenuto politico, analitico e critico

Il colonialismo al centro del 27mo DocsBarcelona
Phantoms of the Sierra Madre di Håvard Bustnes

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The 27th edition of the Barcelona International Documentary Film Festival DocsBarcelona presents a sample of the world’s best non-fiction productions, where colonialism is questioned under its updated structure: Docs&Pearls is the festival’s Official Competition Section; Docs&Cat will showcase Catalan talent, and the non-competitive section Docs&Love will screen six feature films dedicated to different expressions of love, while the classic Docs&Teens and DOC-U will complete a festival that from 2 to 12 May will screen 40 feature films and 10 short films.

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DocsBarcelona will also pay tribute to the French duo Raymond Depardon - Claudine Nougaret, who will receive the Honorary Docs Award, as well as a meeting and a retrospective with the screening of Journal de France [+leggi anche:
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(2012) and two titles directed by Depardon: The 10th District Court: Moments of Trials (2004) and Modern Life [+leggi anche:
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(2008). The festival will also open with Agent of Happiness [+leggi anche:
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, a Hungarian-Bhutan co-production presented at Sundance and directed by Arun Bhattarai and Dorottya Zurbó, which challenges Bhutan's label as the happiest country on the planet.

Because of the 15 titles in Docs&Pearls, six feature films analyse both our privileges and possible forms of decolonisation. Phantoms of the Sierra Madre [+leggi anche:
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by Norway's Håvard Bustnes reflects on the Western re-reading of foreign narratives and the concept of cultural appropriation. In Our Land, Our Freedom, filmmakers Meena Nanji and Zippy Kimundu fuel the debate about Britain's colonial past and the ownership of land that has never been returned to its owners. Rosinha and Other Wild Animals, by Lisbon-born Marta Pessoa, also takes a look at another exalted colonialism, Portuguese colonialism. In Daughter of Genghis [+leggi anche:
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, by photojournalists Kristoffer Juel Poulsen and Christian Als, the protagonist is the leader of a violent feminist gang fighting against Chinese colonialism.

The struggle for survival of a seamstress in Cameroon is the focus of the Belgian production premiered at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight, Mambar Pierrette [+leggi anche:
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, by Rosine Mbakam. And a female protagonist also appears in Pure Unknown [+leggi anche:
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, by the Italian Mattia Colombo and Valentina Cicogna, as it centres on the director of a forensic anthropology laboratory dedicated to identifying and burying the anonymous migrants drowned at sea. Mexican Dream by Laura Plancarte and Copa 71 [+leggi anche:
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by Rachel Ramsay and James Erskine also feature women. The former hybridises fiction and documentary, exposing the stereotype of the self-sacrificing Latin American woman; and the latter delves into the first Women's World Cup.

As for the Catalan productions, May Your Will Be Done is about its director Adrián Silvestre (Sediments [+leggi anche:
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, My Emptiness and I [+leggi anche:
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) reuniting with his father, who advocates for the right to die with dignity. Patricia Franquesa also comes to the fore in My Sextortion Diary [+leggi anche:
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, after having been a victim of blackmail when her computer is stolen. And in Balomania [+leggi anche:
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, Sissel Morell Dargis shows the passion of the baloeiros, those living in the favelas who make hot air balloons as an illegal art form.

The official section is completed with the film that premiered at Sundance Eternal You [+leggi anche:
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, by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck, which reflects on the commercialisation of mourning; Pelikan Blue [+leggi anche:
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by László Csáki, a suggestive and nostalgic animated documentary; and Johatsu - Into Thin Air [+leggi anche:
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 by Andreas Hartmann and Arata Mori, which discusses Japan’s "evaporated", who disappear from their environment to start a new life.

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