Doc Now! is the new section of the Faito Doc Festival that aims to listen to the voices of the most important contemporary directors for a permanent workshop on documentary and cinema of reality.
Interviews, live and online, to unite the public and professionals in an uninterrupted and exciting cinematic investigation.
Cinema has always been changing. Never the same, despite the ups and downs.
To those who observe it now – from the point of view of the director, the critic or the simple spectator – a metamorphosis is offered to the eye: the transition of the documentary into the so-called cinema of reality. If we imagine the documentary and fiction as the antipodes of a cinema territory, we could tell, in the last twenty years, about the attraction of opposites: the documentary that is enriched by invention, by the imaginative, by the non-real; fiction that is substantiated by an extreme realism, by people instead of characters, by true stories.
Like Tarkovsky’s stalker in the Zone, Doc Now! wants to take us to this place of narration, with its uncertain and shaky borders, where does the documentary go?
In this edition, Firouzeh Khosrovani, whose marvellous Radiograph of a Family, awarded at the IDFA 2020, tries to answer this question by going through a metamorphosis within a metamorphosis: that of his own family in the Iran of the Islamic Revolution.
And in the meantime: happy revolution (maybe), dear documentary.
Professor of art history, journalist and film critic. After several collaborations with art magazines, online and on paper (Artribune, ArtsLife, Lobodilattice, InArte), he wrote mainly about cinema, among others for Sentieri Selvaggi, Ondacinema, Cabiria and Cinema Errante, as well as having edited a weekly cinema column in the daily newspaper Cronache di Salerno. He currently writes for Taxidrivers and Infooggi (where he founded the cinema page in 2011). He has also written several film columns on the radio (for Radio Kolbe, Radio Base, Radio Stereo 5, Radio Punto Nuovo). He has cooperated with several film festivals (RIFF in Rome, Linea d’Ombra in Salerno), also collecting several appearances as a quality juror (Sarno Film Festival, Human Rights Film Festival in Naples; BestOf Festival in La Ciotat). He currently collaborates with Cortodino and Faito Doc Festival.
Born in Tehran in 1971, she currently lives and works between Iran, Spain and Italy.
In Italy, she graduated from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in 2002. In 2004 she obtained a master’s degree in journalism in Tehran. She made her debut as a documentary filmmaker by writing the subject and collaborating on the photography of the documentary Behesht-e Zahra (Mother of Martyrs) on the Iran-Iraq war. He collaborated with the Italian Red Cross in Bam, the city hit by the 2003 earthquake, and made a documentary on their psycho-social assistance centre project, Life Train (2004), broadcast on Italian and Iranian television. He collaborates for several Italian and Spanish newspapers (such as Il manifesto, Limes, Culturas, Repubblica). We recall his documentary Rough Cut, entitled Bodies of Crime.