Signs of the growing strength of documentary
films are everywhere, every day. Just look around
you – and I’m not just talking about the increasing
number of documentaries being acquired for
theatrical distribution or screened at festivals
worldwide. Never before has documentary film
influenced the global arena of arts and ideas in
such a strong way.
In 2007, the vitality of contemporary non-fictional
cinema inspired the creation of the cycle “Ten
Documentaries That Changed the World” at the
British Film Institute in London. The excellence
of Mark Cousins’ curatorship compelled us
to showcase this series as an international
retrospective at this year’s edition of our Festival.
The idea was to highlight documentaries that
“made a difference” – for good or evil – and
mirrored the real changes in the societies
depicted by those films.
On the other hand, this year’s Brazilian
retrospective represents one of the strongest
current trends in documentary filmmaking –
the autonomization of documentary as a free
authorial discourse. For this programme, we
couldn´t do without the curating expertise
of one of our most talented experimental
documentarians, Carlos Adriano, along with his
loyal partner, Bernardo Voborow, and myself.
The contrast between styles emphasizes the
plurality deemed essential for the development
of documentary film, a genre that moves
forward between the wrist camera, the mirror
camera and the signature camera, as you will be
able to see in the 13th edition of It´s All True
thanks to the generosity of our co-sponsors and
co-organizers, as well as the filmmakers who
contributed their films.
Open the curtains and let the show begin!
Founder and Director
It´s All True
International Documentary Film Festival