TIFF REVIEW: ‘Ali & Ava’ (2021) Blends Romance and Realism with Mixed Results

“‘Ali and Ava’ is a film that brings Barnard’s usual visual and sonic flair, but it falls slightly short of the mark by not tackling the signifiers inherent in the story’s themes.”

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Top of the Docs #53 – SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST REVIEW: ‘Factory to the Workers’ (2021)

‘Factory to the Workers’ explores the only example of a working factory co-operative in post-socialist Europe, examining its triumphs, its shortcomings, and what is holding it back.

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Top of the Docs #52 – SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST REVIEW: Don McCullin: ‘Almost Liverpool 8’ (2021)

Daniel Draper and Allan Melia explore Liverpool 8 in their latest film, using Don McCullin’s photographs as a rough guide.

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Top of the Docs #51 – IFFR Review: ‘The Village Detective: A Song Cycle’ (2021)

What is fascinating about ‘The Village Detective,’ as well as perhaps Morrison’s recent practice, is the ability to take a piece of unwanted footage that was tossed away many years ago, and use the documentary form to archive it in such a way that its context and value are maximised.

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Top of the Docs #50 – The Gleaners and I (2000)

The Gleaners and I is a film not just revolutionary for its ground-breaking use of handheld digital cameras, but also for the way in which Varda set about making the film.

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Top of the Docs #45 – Los Angeles Plays Itself

From stairwells to suburbs and beyond, Los Angeles quite literally is cinema, and Thom Andersen’s Los Angeles Plays Itself sets out to prove it.

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