CPH:DOX has 5 competitions – here is an overview of some the best films you can watch at this year’s festival.
Where to start? A good place is CPH:DOX’s main competition, DOX:AWARD, our selection of this year’s best international documentaries from around the world. Here, you can lose yourself in ‘The Letters’, a dark, Mexican film about a political miscarriage of justice, or sit back and enjoy the indescribably aesthetically pleasing ‘Lost & Beautiful’ with fables, fantasy but also factual reality. And then comes ‘A Good American’, following in Citizenfour’s footsteps with a deeply disturbing docu-thriller about William Binney’s programme ‘Thinthread’ that could have prevented 9/11, but was cancelled by the NSA. Read more about the films here.
You will find political films at this year’s F:ACT Award, the competition for investigative journalism, where you can get informed with films about Russian oligarchs, anti-cult crusades and Islamic extremism. This year, CPH:DOX also puts a special focus on the refugee crisis with the series Borderline. In the series, eight films tell the human stories behind the headlines and try to come up with alternative solutions to the refugee crisis.
CPH:DOX’s programme is always characterised by a strong focus on the arts. Competing for the NEW:VISION Award are a variety of challenging and taboo-breaking films that have come straight from the artistic biennales and exhibitions worldwide. Here you will experience the new work of Tsai Ming-Liang or get a hypnotic gaze into the essence of war with ‘Fragment 53’. The art programme will also feature numerous exhibitions and installations in galleries around Copenhagen, all at the intersection between art and documentary. Read about the films here.
Something a little more down-to-earth can be found in this year’s NORDIC:DOX Award with some of the best current Nordic documentaries. Here you can learn about Swedish ghost-rockets, meet the 72-year-old and four times world champion in weightlifting, who is competing again (!), get under the skin of the employees of a former Bolivian airline or experience the world from the point of view of the 10-year-old asylum seeker Magomed in the Danish film ‘A Home in the World’. Read more about the films here.