MoMA's annual showcase of recent nonfiction film and media
Film fans, it's that time of year again when MoMA fills its theaters with documentaries that explore the connection between contemporary art and non-fiction filmmaking. This edition of the acclaimed series showcases shorts, features and video installations from the around the globe, many of which are New York premieres and conclude with a Q&A session with the filmmaker. Highlights of the 2014 slate include the Bosnian film shortlisted for the best documentary Oscar, An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker; Wang Bing's cinema verite work shot in a asylum in Southwest China, Till Madness Do Us Part; and Thomas Allen Harris' Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of People, which closes the festival. Also part of the program are three video installations previously shown at the 55th Venice Biennale: Duncan Campbell's It for Others, Sharon Hayes' Ricerche: three, and Akram Zaatari's Letter to a Refusing Pilot.
Since 2001, February has marked the return of Documentary Fortnight, MoMA’s annual showcase of innovative recent nonfiction film and media. This year’s festival includes 20 feature films, 10 shorts, two classics, and one installation, from more than 20 countries, in an examination of the relationship between contemporary art and nonfiction filmmaking, and of new approaches to nonfiction practice. Several video works will be screened in theatrical versions, and one video installation from the Museum’s collection will be on display in the galleries.
The features, shorts, and installations in this year’s festival show filmmakers and artists responding to contemporary concerns by capturing and analyzing events on a global stage, or by pulling from their own countries, communities, and backgrounds to tell documentary stories with intimacy, depth, and formal innovation.
As a whole, the works in this year’s program seek to move beyond the search for "empirical truth," and delve into the inner realities of their subjects, focusing on states of being, memories, dreams, ideas, desires, and utopias lost and found.