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Doc Fortnight 2017: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media Begins Feb. 16

Noted documentarian and veteran programmer Kathy Brew has been appointed as guest curator of The Museum of Modern Art’s 2017 Doc Fortnight festival. MoMA’s annual festival of international nonfiction film showcases important new discoveries in documentary cinema and highlights the growing ambition and experimentation within the documentary field. Under the direction of Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film at MoMA, Ms. Brew will work with David Neary, returning Festival Manager, in selecting films to be presented during the annual 10-day event in February 2017.

MoMA’s annual celebration of innovation in nonfiction film returns with an international lineup of more than 20 features and 10 shorts. The 2017 series highlights themes of justice and advocacy, reexamining how we interact with history and the landscapes we encounter, through vérité camerawork, animation, archival footage, interviews, avant-garde performance, and more.

Doc Fortnight kicks off with the New York premiere of Rahul Jain’s debut feature, Machines, which illuminates the darkness of a colossal textile factory in western India, where overworked laborers appear as mechanized as the equipment they operate. Rama Thiaw’s The Revolution Won’t Be Televised is a thrilling protest film from Senegal, following three hip-hop stars as they campaign against the nation’s corrupt president. And from Mexico, Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez’s Las Letras uses haunting imagery and performance art to express the injustice of a man’s wrongful imprisonment for murder.

Find screening schedules and more information at MoMA’s website.

Inquiries can be direct to the MoMA Film general line: 212-708-9480

Full-time students of the New School may visit MoMA for free with student ID. More information can be found here.

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