Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin’s Picture of His Life will kick off the 21st annual Docaviv, the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, with its world premiere on May 23.
The film follows the life and career of wildlife photographer and environmental activist Amos Nachoum (pictured), and will also screen as part of the festival’s Israeli competition.
Docaviv will feature 130 films this year. Among those, 15 are part of the Israeli competition, with 12 having their world premieres at Docaviv.
The Israeli slate includes Barak Heymann’s Loving Dov, Ra’anan Alexandrowicz’s The Viewing Booth, Zohar Wagner’s 21 Days Inside and Duki Dror There Are No Lions In Tel Aviv, all of which will enjoy world premieres at Docaviv.
Israeli premieres include Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche’s Advocate, Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia’s Leftover Women, and Juna Suleiman’s Mussolini’s Sister.
The festival will also feature an international competition with 11 titles, including Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska’s Sundance winner Honeyland, Kim Longinotto’s Shooting the Mafia, Beniamino Barrese’s The Disappearance of My Mother, Hassan Fazili’s Midnight Traveler, Avi Belkin’s Mike Wallace Is Here, Julien Elie’s Dark Suns, Davy Rothbart’s 17 Blocks and Bettina Perut and Ivan Osnovikoff’s Los Reyes.
Elsewhere, one of the festival’s overarching themes is the relationship between humankind and the environment, with John Chester‘s The Biggest Little Farm, Viktor Kossakovsky’s Aquarela and Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s Earth all screening as part of the Panorama program.
“This year’s program delves into the heated, riveting dialogue between man and nature through thrilling, multi-faceted, soul-touching cinema,” said artistic director Karin Rywkind Segal in a statement. “The carefully curated program reflects the big-picture as well as the small details of our world, examining the sins of the past and a disturbing present, but never neglecting to show humanity and beauty.”
“Docaviv draws tens of thousands of attendees annually, providing them with the richest, most up-to-date program in the international documentary field,” added festival director Galia Bador. “Last year’s festival attracted 60,000 visitors, and a total of 120,000 filmgoers attended Docaviv screenings during 2018. These numbers reflect the people’s need and desire for free and daring art, the kind that showcases diverse and thought-provoking voices and perspectives.”
Docaviv runs from May 23 to June 1 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
For more information and the full festival lineup, see the Docaviv website.
Watch the Docaviv festival trailer below: