Doc Fortnight is MoMA’s annual international festival of nonfiction film. The festival focuses on innovative approaches to the documentary form including the latest technologies and delivery platforms.
17th Doc Fortnight 2018
Doc Fortnight 2018 is daily at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, Manhattan from February 15 – 26, 2018.
This year’s festival focuses on the voices of the marginalized. It is screening over 20 new feature documentaries and many short films, a retrospective of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, 1991) who died in 2017, and two-week long world premiere screenings of George and Out of My Head.
Feature documentaries come from around the world including Brazil, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, Mexico, Morocco, and Peru.
Most of the screenings are World, North American, U.S., or New York premieres. Many filmmakers will be present for Q&A discussions.
Doc Fortnight 2018 is organized by Guest Curator Kathy Brew with Gianna Collier-Pitts.
Latin Films in Doc Fortnight 2018
Latin American Films
Habaneros (Cuban, 2017) OPENING NIGHT
Devil’s Freedom (Mexican, 2017) by Everardo González
Rio Verde: El tiempo de los Yakurunas (Green River: The Time of the Yakurunas) (Peruvian, 2017)
Latin European Films
Calabria (Italian, 2016) by Pierre-François Sauter
Latin American is Black. Africa is Mother.
Black Memorabilia (2017) by Chico Colvard
Sans bruit, les figurantes du désert (Noiseless, Desert Extras) (Morocco, 2017)
Liyana (Swaziland, 2017) by Aaron and Amanda Koop
Mama Colonel (Congo, 2017) by Dieudo Hamadi
Mr. Gay Syria (2017) by Ayşe Toprak
Señorita Maria, la falda de la montaña (Miss Maria, Skirting the Mountain, Colombian, 2017)
Paternal Rites (Jewish, 2017) by Jules Rosskam
These include shorts by Antoni Miralda, Mary Lucier, Edin Velez, Juan Mejia, Rena Effendi, Antoni Muntadas and others.
Jonathan Demme Retrospective
Demme won a Best Director Academy Award in 1991 for Silence of the Lambs. The three-day retrospective includes Haiti: Dreams of Democracy (1988) and Stop Making Sense (1984) which is about New York’s own David Byrne and the Talking Heads who followed Modern Art’s trajectory into the music of Africa and the world.
- Black Memorabilia (2017) by Chico Colvard
- George (2017) by Jeffrey Perkins
- Instructions on Parting (2018) by Amy Jenkins
- Out of My Head (2017) by Susanna Styron and Jacki Och
- Paternal Rites (2018) by Jules Rosskam
- The Rest I Make Up (2017) by Michelle Memran
Schedule of Latin Films in Doc Fortnight 2018
Thursday, February 15 (Opening Night)
by Julien Temple
Follow key moments in Havana’s history through archival footage, animations, movie excerpts, interviews, and of course music.
In Theater 1 at 7:30 pm.
Post-screening discussion with Temple.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
Friday, February 16
Mr. Gay Syria
by Ayşe Toprak
Syrian LGBT, 2017
New York premiere
Husein and Mahmoud team up in the hope of representing the LGBT community across the Muslim world.
In Theater 1 at 4:30 pm.
Preceded by One Day in Aleppo.
In Arabic with English subtitles.
The Rest I Make Up
by Michelle Memran
A chance meeting of Maria Irene Fornes, reawakens the aging Cuban – American playwright and teacher, and leads to a decade-long creative collaboration.
In Theater 1 at 7:30 pm.
Preceded by Victor and Isolina by William D. Caballero.
Post-screening discussion with Memran and Caballero.
In English and Spanish with English subtitles.
For more information, visit www.moma.org/calendar/film/3915