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Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival

Hard-hitting Political Films at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival: From the Crisis in Syria to Feminist Punk Singers

Karin Badt | Posted 06.01.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

These: just a few of the docs this year pointing to the off-kilter balance of our planet.

Rithy Panh's The Missing Picture: A Survivor's Memory of the Cambodian Genocide

Karin Badt | Posted 06.01.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Curiously titled The Missing Picture, the film is, however, not only about the genocide of a quarter of Cambodia's population; it is also a meditation of what survivors do with their memory of this horror.

Trapeze Artist Becomes a Quadriplegic and Still Flies: Olivier Meyrou's Acrobat

Karin Badt | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

In French, the title of the film is different from the English, and it is a shame the original did not translate. The title is Parade, which means "spotter" -- or more interestingly, in French, "the person who assures the other."

The 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival: From Donald Rumsfeld to ADHD

Karin Badt | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

"Everyone should have a chance to do this," gushed my sister Katy Frissora, speaking about our week together at the recent Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in Greece. "See documentaries from all over the world and talk to the directors afterwards. It makes you think. Plus, the Greeks are so wonderful!"

"THE ACT OF KILLING" NOW SHOWING IN NYC: DEATH SQUAD LEADERS BOAST ABOUT THEIR CRIMES

Karin Badt | Posted 09.18.2013 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

"Imagine if forty years after the Holocaust, the Nazis were still in power and the henchmen are being interviewed about their crimes," director Joshu...

Is Bart Layton's The Imposter a Criminal?

Karin Badt | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

British director Bart Layton's The Imposter, which screened recently to popular acclaim at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, takes up the incredible story of a 23-year-old Frenchman who pretends to be the 14-year-old missing child of a Texan family.

The Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival: From Torture and Killing to Book-Toting Camels

Karin Badt | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts
Karin Badt

"I need a little respect and dignity in my life!" screams out a Finnish punk rocker with cerebral palsy. This line could be the refrain of many of the films that screened at the recent Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in Greece, now in its 15th year.

Werner Herzog's Into the Abyss: Killer Documentary at Thessaloniki

Karin Badt | Posted 06.19.2012 | Home
Karin Badt

Into the Abyss -- in a grander scheme -- is about the tragedy of human existence: evil defined both as human sinfulness and just bad luck.

The Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival: From Mexican Prostitutes to Donald Trump

Karin Badt | Posted 06.18.2012 | Arts
Karin Badt

The Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in Greece, which happens each March, is the most important in southern Europe: open to the public and attended by thousands, each selected "to inform, sensitize and mobilize the audience about critical issues."

David Lynch and Transcendental Meditation: David Wants to Fly

Karin Badt | Posted 06.06.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The delight of this documentary lies in its lightness, however it is too cynically lightweight about the benefits of meditation, as well as about the integrity of David Lynch's vision.

Confessions of a Documentary Addict: From Peter Gabriel to Egg Donors

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Every year when I come back from the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, it's like coming off a drug. Documentaries are a great way to catch up on the world and these days, they're immensely entertaining.

Torture in North Korea: Concentration Camps in the Spotlight

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

At the recent Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in Greece, more than four documentaries focused on the horrors of North Korea.

Can Dreams Predict the Future? Amy Hardie's New Documentary

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Edge of Dreaming, a new documentary by Scottish director Amy Hardie, is the true story of the year following Hardie's own dream prophesy.

Lonely Danes and Thai Brides: Janus Metz' "Love on Delivery"

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Karin Badt

The film bears a highly controversial message: these economic-emotion exchange marriages work out to everyone's heart content.

The Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival: Phil Spector, Louise Bourgeois and the Poor of Peru

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

At a documentary festival one has the impression of being among a noble group of people actively reflecting on the world (and what makes it better, a world not their own).

Thessaloniki Film Festival: Wisdom From The Wheelchair: "Touch Me Someplace I Can Feel"

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

My favorite at the festival: Simone de Vries' "Touch Me Someplace I Can Feel", featuring paraplegic John Callahan, who became a biting-humor cartoonist following his accident.