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4 ELEMENTS
GARBAGE WARRIOR
IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS
MONASTERY: MR VIG AND THE NUN
NÖMADAK TX
THE PLANET / PLANETEN 
WE ARE TOGETHER (THINA SIMUNYE)

Seeing is creating, not perceiving.
Documentum, the root of the word “documentary”, is Latin for “evidence” or “instructive example”. Documentary film-making can be seen as an attempt to show what is, to capture reality without masks, to take us on a trip down reality lane, so that what we see can become real-life. In today’s age, the best documentaries are created together with the viewer. It is as if the feelings and emotions that the viewer experiences are part of the film. A good documentary is no longer merely a university lecture with moving images.

What you see before you represents the state of the art in world documentary film-making. These eight films are all of a high artistic calibre, with strong ideas, and superb imagery and sound. There are no dull and dusty stories in this programme. All of them are fresh, emotionally integral visions with a clear message.

First of all, there’s Jiska Rickels’s ode to the four primal elements and the relationship of man, microcosm, with the macrocosm – the wide universe. Indeed, we are all part of the whole and our activity impacts the entire planet, and this is the leitmotif that carries the megaproject “The Planet”, in which we are briefed on the state of the Earth with the help of Koyaanisqatsi-esque scenes of primal power as well as with interviews with scientists. We have one planet – we use it as if we had five. Where is the logic?
Maybe the answers lie in dreams? One filmmaker who is famous in visionary walks of life is Alan Berliner, who looks for answers as to why some people’s biological clocks are so different from normal that they simply can’t mark the same rhythm as society.

There are three films about new life, new opportunities, a new beginning. A film about a South African orphanage that has been an audience favourite at a number of festivals – "We Are Together" and an Oscar nominee about war, destruction and new hope, "Iraq in Fragments". Young men from the Basque region are in search of one universal rhythm in "Nömadak Tx". They take their instrument txalaparta to indigenous people hoping to find the wordless connecting link.

When you finish watching this programme, you will return to your normal everyday activities. And you can be sure that there will be something new in your most ordinary things. It’s a miracle, because that’s what normalcy is: one very beautiful miracle! An ordinary-extraordinary document.

Kaarel Kuurmaa
Programme coordinator













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