Five docs to feature in New Directors/New Films fest line-up

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art has unveiled the full line-up for its New Directors/New Films festival, which features five international documentaries, including 5 Broken Cameras (pictured).
February 24, 2012

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art has revealed the full line-up for the 41st edition of its New Directors/New Films festival, which includes five international feature documentaries.

Running from March 21 to April 1, the festival is dedicated to discovering new works from emerging filmmakers.

The non-fiction selections include Anca Damian’s Crulic: The Path to Beyond, a 73-minute doc that uses animation techniques and dark humor to tell the story of a young Romanian’s hunger strike in a Polish jail, while Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s 5 Broken Cameras looks at the Palestinian town of Bil’in, a site of great unrest five years ago.

Also screening is How to Survive a Plague from David France, which documents the rise of AIDS activism, while Generation P, from Victor Ginzburg, offers a view of post-Communist Russia as marketing and democracy brought capitalism into the country.

Mads Brügger’s controversial The Ambassador, in which the satirist/filmmaker impersonates a Liberian diplomat in order to expose disturbing realities in central Africa, is also featured.

“This year’s New Directors/New Films cohort of filmmakers seems especially promising,” said Film Society of Lincoln Center program director Richard Pena. “I can’t recall an edition of the series on which I worked that had a greater variation of styles or more innovative approaches to creating deeply personal cinema.”

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