Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this years Documentary Edge Festival is going online. The event launches June 12th 2020 and viewing passes are available at a very reasonable cost.
Documentary titles include the prestigious opening night film A Thousand Cuts (US), which premiered at Sundance. Award-winning filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz explores the way Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte uses social media to spread disinformation. The film follows journalist Maria Ressa (one of the journalists included in Time’s Person of the Year 2018) as she puts her freedom on the line in defence of truth and democracy. A livestream pōwhiri and welcome address from the Festival Directors will open the screening followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. The red carpet has never been easier to access!
More relevant now than ever, #UNFIT: A Psychological Thriller (US) presents an eye-opening analysis of the behaviour, psyche, condition, and stability of President Donald J. Trump, posing the question – Is Trump fit for office?
Meanwhile, eccentric entrepreneur Jack Sim will do anything to get attention for the goal of achieving world sanitation. Mr. Toilet (SG) follows his mission to “Clean India” and secure six million toilets in two years. From Swedish Director Jane Magnusson, Maddy the Model (SE) is the extraordinary story of Madeleine Stuart, a professional supermodel with Down’s syndrome who in September 2015 took to the catwalk at New York Fashion Week. We follow her all over the world as she challenges the fickle face of fashion to change public perceptions of identity, disability, and beauty.
Filmed over five years on seven continents, Elementa is a stunning cinematic experience from award-winning Kiwi filmmaker, Richard Sidey.
Closing the festival is the winner of Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival,
The Cordillera of Dreams (CL/FR). Directed by Patricio Guzmán, this poetic and striking film explores the cultural impact of Chile’s most spectacular geological feature – its snow-capped mountain spine.
Explore the full programme and buy your tickets for the 2020 Doc Edge Festival Online and support local and international filmmakers while expanding your mind from the comfort of home.
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