One of the world’s biggest documentary film festival’s kicks off tomorrow. Here is an overview of the programme, and a list of what you can see tomorrow!
Here is a selection of this year’s themes, and a number of guides you can use as inspiration for what to see during CPH:DOX. Are you a day-to-day planner? You can then follow the daily articles and newsletters that come out every evening. They will guide you to a selection of must-see documentaries the following day.
FIND A GUIDE TO THE FIRST DAY OF THE FESTIVAL HERE!
Big focus on politics, activism and social change
In true documentary style, CPH:DOX takes over the cinema screen with political revelations, realistic portraits, climate activism and social change. Politics is more than 50-year old men with white hair in suits having rhetorical discussions in a meeting room. CPH:DOX puts a special emphasis on its political programme, which touches on everything from a Jihad school in Pakistan to metropolitan bicycle activism, from Argentinian factory revolutionaries to sinking boats in the Mediterranean.
Art, art, ART!
Apart from innovative and artistically radical documentaries CPH:DOX also presents a curated programme by Olafur Eliasson and opens doors to art exhibitions with a wide range of international artists. Installations, video exhibitions and visual artists – CPH:DOX 2015 has truly embraced the art scene. And when the festival runs from November 5-15, several art centers and exhibition venues, in collaboration with CPH:DOX, will welcome you in.
Activist and author Naomi Klein, along with director Avi Lewis, have selected10 films that suggest how political commitment, artistic originality and strong narratives can make a difference. Contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson has also selected films for CPH:DOX, which, like his own work, are based on the physical world around us and examine the huge, human-induced changes we are going through right now – with special focus on the Anthropocene. The two guest curated programmes form the core of CPH:DOX’s political agenda, which this year focus on climate change in preparation for COP 21 in November.
Big focus on tech!
The festival will host a virtual reality lab, a cryptoparty, a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, welcome hackers and whistleblowers, as well as a wide range of films that explore technology’s glittering world. CPH:DOX’s new democracy laboratory REALITY:CHECK, created in collaboration with Politken, is part of CPH:DOX’s high focus on technology in 2015. Through talks, workshops and parties, REALITY:CHECK aims to take the pulse of reality – including something that has taken more or less control of our lives: technology.
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Everything from warm films about (county) life’s pleasures to heartbreaking insight into life as an Afghan asylum seeker in Denmark and much more. CPH:DOX offers a wide variety of heartwarming, thought-provoking and highly original films from or about Denmark. This year’s Danish films have a strong international appeal and give insight into the diversity of the country with films like ’Life According to Anton’, ’The Dream of Denmark’, ’A Place Called Lloyd’ and much more.
This year’s best documentaries – the competitions!
CPH:DOX has 5 competitions. DOX:AWARD is our selection of this year’s best international documentaries from around the world. The selection consist of unique documentaries that challenge the media, in addition to being cinematic striking. F:ACT Award is the competition for investigative journalism, and the films in this competition are in the borderline between journalism and documentary. NEW:VISION consist of films from the art world, and NORDIC: DOX consist of the best documentaries from all over Scandinavia.
Wander around town with CPH:DOX when the festival screens documentaries at odd locations – with films in a mosque, at Normann Copenhagen, the festival’s own mini-cinema, under the Knippelsbro bridge and at the apartment of the residents of the 8Tallet building. A closed cinema from 1926, where the Normann Copenhagen store is now located, CPH:DOX’s own cinema, the blue-domed mosque on Vibevej – these are just some of the places where CPH:DOX will screen documentaries at this year’s festival.
Appetising food events
Do you like Danish gastronomy, Portuguese cuisine or vegetarian food? When this year’s festival kicks off, it will be with everything from films expanding our culinary horizons to mouth-watering events. The film about master chef Rene Redzepi and his life’s work the restaurant Noma, a Portuguese film marathon with food from the same area and much more, and much more are on the programme of this year’s festival events, which speak to all senses of the body. CPH:DOX puts on a show which focuses on food from both a gastronomic, political and health angles.
Reflections on the refugee crisis
2015 became the year when the refugee crisis moved away from the TV screen and left a mark on many Europeans. We woke up to the reality and became eyewitnesses to the struggle of thousands of refugees against the Mediterranean sea. This year, CPH:DOX sets the focus on the human nuances behind the refugee crisis in the series Borderline
CPH: DOX is (much) more than films, and this year alternative documentary formats take over the festival! Third Ear presents the best from the radio world in Planetariet, where you also can experience documentary performances and interactive stories from the real world. During the festival, CPH:DOX and Third Ear offer audio art for the ears with tales of everything from true crime to life on Mars. Scott Carrier, the Bob Dylan of podcasters and the mind behind the successful ‘This American Life’, will also be a guest at the planetarium for a chat about life in American “independent radio”. Alan Hall and Eleanor McDowall will also attend the festival and prove how good sound and storytelling can shake you to your core.
CPH:DOX takes over Amager for the first time!
Good news for all documentary lovers of Amager: for the first time CPH:DOX comes to the Eastern part of Copenhagen with interesting and entertaining documentaries and events.
When CPH:DOX takes place November 5-15, it will host as much as seven events on Amager. You can see, among others, the sustainability documentary ‘Bike vs. Cars’ in Kvarterhuset where Lasse Scheldt from Bicycle Innovation Lab will introduce the film.
CPH:DOX sets the spotlight on democracy
REALITY:CHECK is CPH:DOX’s and Politiken’s take on a new democracy meeting. A three-day democracy laboratory which though talks, workshops, discussions, film screenings and parties aims to take the pulse of reality and test democracy in the year 2015. As a fusion of Politiken’s Live-Scene and CPH:DOX’s debate programmes, REALITY:CHECK will take over the festival’s new centre, THE TENT – a 60 metre long, specially designed tent in Kongens Have just opposite of the Cinemateket.