In this video, four film critics share seven highlights from this year’s True/False Film Fest, considered one of the world’s most exceptionally curated and uniquely enjoyable venues for nonfiction film. Set in the charming college town of Columbia, Missouri, the festival presents a carefully selected crop of films that push the boundaries of what documentary is and can be.
Vadim Rizov of Filmmaker Magazine endorses two French documentaries, Rules of the Game and Of Men and War; Ela Bittencourt introduces the Neither/Nor program of Polish hybrid films that she curated for the festival; Tim Grierson of Screen Daily picks Western and Cartel Land, two documentaries set in the borderlands between the U.S. and Mexico; and I discuss The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion piece to his acclaimed film The Act of Killing, and The Chinese Mayor, one of the most accomplished documentaries to come from China in recent memory.
Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker, critic, video essayist and founding editor of Keyframe. His video essay Transformers: The Premake screened at the 2015 Berlinale International Film Festival Critics’ Week and True/False Film Festival. He tweets at@alsolikelife.