17th MoMA Doc Fortnight 2018 is 12 days of international documentaries

Doc Fortnight

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

African Films

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

LGBT Films

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

Documentary Shorts

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.

World Premieres

  1. Black Memorabilia (2017) by Chico Colvard
  2. George (2017) by Jeffrey Perkins
  3. Instructions on Parting (2018) by Amy Jenkins
  4. Out of My Head (2017) by Susanna Styron and Jacki Och
  5. Paternal Rites (2018) by Jules Rosskam
  6. 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
Cuban, 2017
U.S. premiere

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
Cuban, 2017
World premiere

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


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