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New Directors/New Films nabs “Baba Yaga,” “Homs”

The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga (pictured) is to world premiere at the 43rd annual New Directors/New Films festival, which is also hosting the docs We Come As Friends and Return to Homs.
February 20, 2014

Director Jessica Oreck’s The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga (pictured) is to have its world premiere at the 43rd annual New Directors/New Films festival, which is copresented by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art.

The film combines non-fiction, animation and traditional storytelling styles to recount the Slavic folktale of the witch Baba Yaga.

Other documentaries set to screen during the program, which runs March 19-30 in New York City, are Hubert Sauper’s look at colonialism in war-ravaged Sudan, We Come As Friends; and Talal Derki’s Syrian war chronicle Return To Homs.

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s hybrid-doc about rock group Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, 20,000 Days on Earth, will close out the festival. Drafthouse Films recently acquired the North American rights to the film.

New Directors/New Films focuses on films that “break or re-cast the cinematic mold,” according to organizers. For a complete listing of this year’s films, as well as ticket info, visit the festival’s website.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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