SECTION: THE BEST OF MDAG 2019
SECTION: THE BEST OF 16. MILLENIUM DOCS AGAINST GRAVITY 2019
Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival is th most extensive review of documentary film in Poland, and the only European festival to take place in six different cities (Warszaw, Gdynia, Wrocław, Lublin, Bydgoszcz and, starting this year, in Katowice). May 2019 saw the festival take viewers on a cinematic journey around the world and into themselves for the 16th time, with 160 pictures that reveal and release the most important element in cinema and life itself: emotions. Audience figures at the 16th edition of the festival exceeded 90,000 people. The International Documentary Film Festival OFF CINEMA provides an opportunity to show the best of what MDAG viewers saw this year.
SHOOTING THE MAFIA
dir. Kim Longinotto, Ireland, USA 2018, 94’
Letizia Battaglia enjoys a cult status in Italy. In the 1970s, she was the first Italian photojournalist to document the brutal murders and the impact of the mafia on the lives of ordinary people. Her black-and-white pictures from that period have lost none of its vividness and poignancy, as they recount the history of the Cosa Nostra, and show the realities of violence, blood, power and control that mafia wielded. Striking, shocking, and bold photographs taken by Battaglia in full awareness of the dangers involved depict a merciless world of oppression and fear.
ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH
dir. Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky, Canada, 2018, 87’
We have entered an ere in which human activity exert a greater impact on our planet than any natural force. Since the 1950s the Anthropocene has been an undeniable fact, as it supplanted the Holocene. Made over the course of four years, using state-of-the-art techniques and high-quality equipment, the film portrays the forms and manifestations of human domination over Earth.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER
dir. Beniamino Barrese, Italy, USA, 95’
Benedetta Barzini is a legendary Italian model, hailed in 1966 by Harper’s Bazaar as one of the 100 most beautiful women of the world. In 1965, her face was on the cover of the Italian Vogue. However, in 1973, increasingly disenchanted with the world of fashion, she decided to abandon it to promote feminism and support the radical left (Barzini joined the Communist Party), as well as denounce the misogyny of the fashion industry. The initial aversion towards the fashion milieu culminated eventually in a major existential crisis. The former model decided to disappear, leaving not only modelling and haute-couture, but also the material world as such.
dir. Barbara Miller, Switzerland, Germany, 2018, 97’
What does a woman want? Who is a woman?—these are some of the most often asked question of in contemporary culture, and the paradox lies in the fact that the answers are given largely by men. Tacit approval allows rape culture to endure, women still play inferior roles in the power structures of the largest religions, any representation of the vagina in public space is considered obscene (as opposed to the penis), while female circumcision continues to be practiced.
MAREK EDELMAN... AND THERE WAS LOVE IN THE GHETTO
dir. Jolanta Dylewska, Poland, Germany, 2019, 79’
“Why does nobody ask if there was love in the ghetto? Why is nobody interested in it?”, Marek Edelman—the last leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising—asked in 2009, shortly before his passing. And he goes on to answer it Marek Edelman... And There Was Love in the Ghetto, a long-awaited film which gained notoriety even before it premiered. Contributing to the screenplay was Agnieszka Holland, while Andrzej Wajda co-directed the dramatized scenes.
Join us for a dedicated meeting after the screening. Marek Edelman’s book entitled I była miłość w getcie will be available for purchase before and after the showing.