The 15th edition of the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) is gearing up to kick off in Maine, and today the full slate of films has been announced. Featuring a treasure trove of the biggest documentaries on the festival circuit this year, this fest has something for everyone who is looking to broaden their mind.
This year’s CIFF will be taking place from September 12 – 15. Take a look below for the full feature lineup and click over to pointsnorthinstitute.org for more events including the Storyforms titles.
Emily Taguchi | USA | 2019
In the immediate aftermath of the devastating 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, filmmakers embedded with students and parents whose lives were forever changed—from quiet hours of grief and reflection to those of political awakening.
ALAN MAGEE: ART IS NOT A SOLACE
David Wright, David Berez | USA, Germany | 2019
This film explores the ways in which art can address the greatest challenges that we face as a society—social injustice and the urgency of speaking truth to power. World Premiere
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert | USA | 2019
A deep dive into a post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant and hires two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.
BY THE NAME OF TANIA
Mary Jiménez, Bénédicte Liénard | Belgium, Peru | 2019
The Amazon flows lazily through the goldmine-gashed landscape of northern Peru. Using real eyewitness accounts, directors Bénédicte Liénard and Mary Jiménez tell the story of a young woman who winds up forced into prostitution. The film reconstitutes a space of dignity and returns voice and identity to that which has been formally rendered nameless. North American Premiere
Juan Pablo González | Mexico | 2018
Members of a Mexican village slowly losing its old-fashioned lifestyle recall a young man’s death as the camera observes the setting.
Olivier Meyrou | France | 2018
Olivier Myron’s “Celebration” offers a rare, behind-the-scenes look of Yves Saint Laurent’s last few years of genius at the helm of his self-made fashion behemoth, before his exit from the house in 2002.
CHANGIN’ TIMES OF IKE WHITE
Dan Vernon | UK, USA | 2019
Released in 1974, Ike White’s Changin’ Times was an extraordinary album recorded in extraordinary circumstances. The film charts Ike’s journey from prison to his life as a free man, and a subsequent reinvention of himself as a performer for hire called David Maestro. World Premiere
Sam Ellison | USA, Mexico | 2019
Two young Haitians find themselves stranded at the US-Mexico border, searching for a way forward with no one to depend on but each other.
CIRCUS OF BOOKS
Rachel Mason | USA | 2019
How do you explain to your friends that your mom and pop run a gay pornography shop? That is just one question asked in this playful documentary about the titular LA store and its unlikely proprietors.
Alex Gibney | USA, Russia | 2019
This latest film from Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney considers the strange case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky — once believed to be the wealthiest man in Russia — who rocketed to prosperity and prominence in the 1990s, served a decade in prison, and became an unlikely martyr for the anti-Putin movement. US Premiere
EL PADRE MÉDICO
Vytautas Puidokas | Lithuania, Brazil | 2019
A Lithuanian doctor, priest and a war refugee resettles to Amazonian jungle in 1960’s and becomes a local hero. Yet, as he gets involved in a brutal crime, countless fake narratives that he had created around himself begin to resurface. World Premiere
Nikolaus Geyrhalter | Austria | 2019
Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans – with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Nikolaus Geyrhalter observes people, in mines, quarries and at large construction sites, engaged in a constant struggle to take possession of the planet. North American Premiere
Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts | UK, Syria | 2019
An intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.
FORTSCHRITT IM TAL DER AHNUNGSLOSEN (PROGRESS IN THE VALLEY OF THE PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW)
Florian Kunert | Germany | 2019
Memories of the relations between the GDR and Syria return in the ruins of the former GDR-factory “Fortschritt” (Progress), when former workers and Syrian refugees meet. North American Premiere
David Hambridge | USA, Hong Kong, Kenya | 2019
A feature documentary that journeys beyond the global headlines that have accumulated around ‘Sudan,’ the last male northern white rhino in existence, and explores the painful emptiness of extinction through the eyes of Sudan’s three primary caregivers.
LA VIDA EN COMÚN
Ezequiel Yanco | Argentina, France | 2019
A puma stalks Pueblo Nación Ranquel. Hunting is a rite of passage, and the older boys want to kill it. But Uriel decides to take another path. US Premiere
Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss | Germany | 2019
Along the dark country roads of rural Germany, prostitutes from foreign countries work in old caravans. ln this uncanny world, the murder of one of the women takes place. North American Premiere
Luke Lorentzen | USA, Mexico | 2019
In Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help.
Hassan Fazili | USA, UK, Canada, Qatar | 2019
When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee the country with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing the family’s uncertain journey firsthand, Fazili documents their harrowing trek across numerous borders revealing the danger and uncertainty facing refugees seeking asylum juxtaposed with the unbreakable love shared amongst the family on the run.
MY AUTONOMOUS NEIGHBOR
Michel Negroponte | USA | 2019
Fred “Tate ” Billings is an outsider artist, post-psychedelic philosopher and compulsive knick-knack collector who spends his waking hours creating playful work about hidden dimensions and galactic time travel to excavate personal and historical mysteries. World Premiere
Martha Shane | USA, UK | 2019
NARROWSBURG follows a French film producer and a mafioso-turned-actor as they turn a tiny town upside down, peddling Hollywood dreams and persuading the town it can become the “Sundance of the East.” World Premiere
NOTHA-YE- MESI YEK ROYA (COPPER NOTES OF A DREAM)
Reza Farahmand | Canada, Iran | 2019
Childhood and happiness are great and sacred concepts. Even war, cannot destroy these profound and holy words. North American Premiere
ONE CHILD NATION
Nanfu Wang | China | 2019
After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China’s one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.
Sung-A Yoon | Belgium, France | 2019
In a learning center dedicated to the domestic work in The Philippines, several candidates prepare themselves for homesickness and for the abuses that they will possibly endure. North American Premiere
READY FOR WAR
Andrew Renzi | USA, Mexico | 2019
Andrew Renzi’s heartfelt and hard-hitting documentary sheds light on the lives of three of the estimated thousands of immigrants who volunteer for service in the American military, yet find themselves deported from the US once their tours of duty are over. US Premiere
SANKARA IS NOT DEAD
Lucie Viver | France | 2019
After Burkina Faso’s 2014 popular uprising, the young poet Bikontine decides to go meet his fellow citizens along the country’s only rail line. North American Premiere
Andrea Kalin | USA, Kenya, Australia, Honduras, Brazil, Egypt, Israel, UK, New Zealand, Philippines, France, Holland, India, Nepal | 2019
When a heartbroken mom asked the world to help honor the memory of her beloved son, the loss of one became the journey of many. World Premiere
Feras Fayyad | Syria | 2019
Director Feras Fayyad (Last Men in Aleppo) returns to his native, wartorn Syria to follow a dedicated team of female doctors tirelessly treating casualties in an underground hospital, while battling systemic sexism. US Premiere
THE GIVERNY DOCUMENT (SINGLE CHANNEL)
Ja’Tovia Gary | USA, France | 2019
Filmed on location in Harlem, USA and in Claude Monet’s historic gardens in Giverny, France, The Giverny Document is a multi-textured cinematic poem that meditates on the safety and bodily autonomy of Black women. North American Premiere
THE HOTTEST AUGUST
Brett Story | USA, Canada | 2019
Ordinary people in New York are asked to talk about their lives and their hopes for the future in a time marked by political division and climate change.
Lauren Greenfield | USA, Philippines | 2019
Acclaimed documentarian Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles) aims her lens at Filipino politician and former First Lady Imelda Marcos, who, despite disgrace, remains unbowed and enmeshed in her nation’s politics. US Premiere
Alexander A. Mora | USA, Philippines | 2019
THE SEER AND THE UNSEEN
Sara Dosa | USA, Iceland | 2019
A magic realist documentary about invisible elves, financial collapse, and the surprising power of belief told through the personal story of an Icelandic grandmother who speaks on behalf of nature under threat.
Ian Cheney | USA | 2019
In midcoast Maine, a series of scientists, artists, hunters, paragliders, and naturalists reveal the wonders of a small plot of land they have never seen before. World Premiere
VARDA BY AGNÈS
Agnès Varda | France | 2019
Agnès Varda’s new documentary sheds light on her experience as a director, bringing a personal insight to what she calls “cine-writing”.
Lesley Chilcott | USA | 2019
Co-founder of Greenpeace and founder of Sea Shepherd, Captain Paul Watson has spent 40 years fighting to end the destruction of the ocean’s wildlife and its habitat. Part pirate, part philosopher, Watson’s methods stop at nothing to protect what lies beneath.
WHERE MAN RETURNS
Egil Håskjold Larsen | Norway | 2019
A man, a dog, a cabin near the sea. Steinar, age 75, has chosen to live a life in communion with nature. He lives in an isolated, frozen universe at the outermost point of Europe, barely one kilometer from the Norwegian-Russian border. North American Premiere