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    The non-competitive Paradocs program returns with the tightest selection seen in years: eight films that push the limits of the documentary form, showcasing some of the year’s best experimental documentary art. Explore the selected titles below.

    Selected for Paradocs

    The Belly of the Mountain

    • Stephen Loye
    • 2021

      In a remote Alpine town, a plane crash ends 150 lives. Filmmaker Stephen Loye zooms out from the world news to make a freely associated poetic essay about mortality and the meaning of life.

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      Bullet

      • Maya Watanabe
      • 2021

        Video artist Maya Watanabe explores deep ravines, jagged-edged craters and bony reefs: the ominous “landscape” in the skull of one of the many unidentified victims of the 1980–2000 Peruvian Civil War.

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        The Grannies

        • Marie Foulston
        • 2021

          A small group of gamers playing Red Dead Online embark on a virtual journey of discovery to the boundaries of its world—and beyond. These modern pioneers boldly go where no one has gone before.

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          In the Billowing Night

          • Erika Etangsalé
          • 2021

            Myth and memory intertwine as the father of director Erika Etangsalé tells his story for the first time. His account is deeply marked by France’s colonial past and the dislocation it caused.

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            Just a Movement

            • Vincent Meessen
            • 2021

              Stimulating, associative portrait of the Senegalese activist Omar Blondin Diop, who was deeply involved in the tumultuous 1960s and also had a small role playing himself in Jean-Luc Godard’s La chinoise.

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              Listen to the Beat of Our Images

              • Audrey Jean-Baptiste, Maxime Jean-Baptiste
              • 2021

                Hypnotic archive footage of rocket launches accompanies the stories told by the indigenous inhabitants of Kourou, French Guiana, about the arrival of the French space center CNES. Pulsating stardust is all that’s left of their former lives.

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                A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces

                • Shengze Zhu
                • 2021

                  Along the banks of the Yangtze River lies Wuhan, a city that’s in constant motion. But in the calmer depths beneath the bustling surface, memories of halted lives linger.

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                  Two Minutes to Midnight

                  • Yael Bartana
                  • 2021

                    Might female leaders be able to turn the tide in these times, when the world is in danger of being obliterated by hotheaded men? It’s a question that is gaining ever more complex layers in this tantalizing blend of fiction and political debate.

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