FESTIVAL SECTIONS

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INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

The film selection consists of 18 documentaries that are Italian premieres and is aimed to showcase the wealth of themes and the variety in styles that characterize contemporary documentaries. The films in competition stand out for the originality of subject matter and the authors’ personal imprint recognizable in the storytelling.

ITALIAN COMPETITION

This section is made of seven feature-length documentaries that are World premieres and reflect 2020 Italian film production.

LET THE MUSIC PLAY - MUSIC DOCUMENTARIES

In an era in which the musical documentary is confined to biopics as the single form of appeal to partially recoup the investment, the renewed section “Let the Music Play” presents a survey of original and surprising works ranging from the all-female genesis of electronic music to the relationship between racial issues and house music in the US. To complete the programme, a tribute to Lech Kowalski, the stateless and rebel film-maker whose celebrated ‘punk trilogy’ is presented along with some films chosen by him. This particular selection is meant to illustrate an idea of cinema whereby, fully rejecting the standardized canon of the rockumentary, music is the ideal instrument to hit the nerves of society.

DOC EXPLORER

A borderland journey between film and the new technologies, questioning the status of image in the contemporary world and exploring hybrid languages that can pave the way for new and extraordinary ‘visions of the real.’ Doc Explorer welcomes technological experimentation and asks the audience a crucial question: how are human beings, who interact with reality, challenged by the future of technology? In cooperation with Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini.

HABITAT

In a 2020 characterized by the pandemic and its worldwide repercussions, it seems ever more necessary to draw the attention of the public to a fundamental issue such as the relationship of the human being with the natural environment. This theme strikes one of our deepest chords, because the survival of this planet and our species depends on it. The films of the selection offer different voices and gazes on the background of the emergencies caused by climate change that have an urgency in common: to take a stance and face the disaggregation of communities.

In collaboration with Fondazione Finanza Etica and with the support of Publiacqua

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER - MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE

he images of the films that are part of the Diamonds Are Forever review offer us another opportunity to think about documentary cinema in its relationship with time.

DOC AT WORK FUTURE CAMPUS

Doc at Work - Future Campus , realized thanks to the support of Fondazione Sistema Toscana , Cinema La Compagnia and Toscana Film Commission is a creative observatory from which to look to the future of international documentary cinema. The 12 films selected represent the cross-section of a generation of emerging filmmakers who are being trained or have been trained in European schools in recent years.

FILM DOC AT WORK – FUTURE CAMPUS

POPOLI FOR KIDS AND TEENS! DOCUMENTARY SCREENINGS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG AUDIENCES

In collaboration with KinderDocs and Krakow Film Festival, Festival dei Popoli proposes a selection of documentaries for young and very young audiences of Florence. We invite you to discover the magic of the documentary and be inspired by enthralling stories. Above all, we wish you a good time! Every film tells a story about the life of children and adolescents dealing with friendship, family, education, creativity, art, music, migration, or the environment, but also a chance to enter the colourful world of children and girls and boys.

POPOLI HIGHLIGHTS