Ai Weiwei, The Yes Men to curate programming at CPH:DOX

The Danish documentary festival will feature programs curated by the artist Ai Weiwei (pictured) and activists The Yes Men, and will this year host a new award recognizing investigative documentaries.
October 16, 2013

Danish documentary festival CPH:DOX has unveiled the more than 200 films in this year’s line-up, including programs curated by artist Ai Weiwei (pictured) and activist duo The Yes Men.

The Copenhagen-based festival is also introducing a journalistic prize, the F:ACT Award, for the first time this year, which the festival’s director is billing as the most political in the event’s 11-year history. Also for the first time, the festival has introduced an overarching theme: ‘Everything Is Under Control.’

“We not only have two programs that have been curated by artists, who also work as political activists, but we are also introducing a new prize that pays tribute to the critical and journalistic documentary,” said festival director Tine Fischer in a statement. “Both create movement and urge the spectators to be active citizens. I also notice that there is a general tendency among the films in this year’s program to be more than observing; they also urge the audience to act.”

In addition to hosting the world premiere of Ai Weiwei’s documentary Stay Home!, which is about a 10-year old Chinese girl who is denied treatment for HIV since she is the second born in the family, the festival has tapped the Chinese artist to program 10 films by directors such as Tarkovsky and Kubrick, which “reflect artists’ roles and responsibility towards the acts of the establishment.”

The eight films programmed by the Yes Men fit into the festival’s theme and challenge the ways mainstream media and neo-liberal thinkers represent history and current affairs.

Twelve investigative documentaries will compete for the inaugural F:ACT Award, a prize offered by CPH:DOX and the Danish Union of Journalists. Docs competing in this category include Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks; Errol Morris’s The Unknown Known; and Jeremy Scahill’s Dirty Wars.

In addition, there are three other award programs: DOX:Award, New Vision, and Nordic:DOX. Other programs will focus on China, food on film, auteur filmmakers and music.

Check out the films screening in the DOX:Award program below and the full program listing via the festival’s website.

An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
Director: Danis Tanovic (Bosnia, 2013)

Atlas (World Premiere)
Director: Antoine d’Agata (France 2013)

Birds of September (World Premiere)
Director: Sarah Francis (Lebanon 2013)

Bloody Beans (International Premiere)
Director: Narimane Mari (Algeria and France 2013)

Everyday Rebellion (World Premiere)
Director: The Riahi Brothers (Austria and Switzerland, 2013)

Love Me (World Premiere)
Director: Hanne Myren (Norway)

Naomi Campbel (World Premiere)
Director: Nicolás Videla and Camila José Donoso (Chile)

My Love Awaits Me by the Sea (European Premiere)
Director: Mais Darwazah (Jordan)

Stay Home! (World Premiere)
Director: Ai Weiwei (China)

Stop the Pounding Heart
Director: Roberto Minervini (Italy/USA)

The Blocher Experience (International Premiere)
Director: Jean-Stéphane Bron (Switzerland)

The Great Night (International Premiere)
Director: Petr Hátle (Czech Republic)

The Mother and the Sea (World Premiere)
Director: Gonçalo Tocha (Portugal)

The Reunion
Director: Anna Odell (Sweden)

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