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Doc Fortnight 2024

February 22, 2024 – March 07, 2024

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art announces the lineup for Doc Fortnight 2024, the 23rd edition of its annual showcase of adventurous new nonfiction cinema from around the world. Running from February 22 through March 7, 2024, Doc Fortnight 2024 will present 13 features and six short films, with three additional special programs, screening in the Museum’s Titus Theaters. The festival will open with Scott Cummings’s Realm of Satan, an experimental portrait of the lives, environments, and rituals of followers of the Church of Satan, and will close with Black Box Diaries, Japanese journalist Shiori Ito’s courageous investigation into her own sexual assault. The festival will also feature a centrepiece screening of Soundtrack to a Coup d’Etat, a thoroughly researched archival documentary charting how jazz music, Cold War geopolitics, and African decolonization movements converged in the 1961 assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the independent Congolese state. All three films will screen at MoMA following recent Sundance premieres. Doc Fortnight 2024 will also feature three special programs: a selection of artists’ films from across the Caribbean, curated by the Puerto Rico–based Sociedad del Tiempo Libre; a dialogue between artist Tiffany Sia and scholar Pavle Levi, sparked by their shared interest in landscape film and the Cold War’s minor histories; and a spotlight on Gelare Khoshgozaran, who will present their first monographic screening in New York as part of MoMA’s Modern Mondays artist cinema series.

Doc Fortnight 2024 is organized by Sophie Cavoulacos, Associate Curator, Department of Film, MoMA, and Julian Ross, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, with Chandra Knotts, Filmmaker Liaison, Department of Film, MoMA.

Film at MoMA is made possible by CHANEL.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black, with major contributions from the Triad Foundation, Inc., The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Young Patrons Council of The Museum of Modern Art, and by Karen and Gary Winnick.


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Realm of Satan. 2024. USA. Directed by Scott Cummings. Courtesy of the artist.

Black Box Diaries. 2024. Japan/USA/United Kingdom. Directed by Shiori Itō.

Soundtrack to a Coup d’Etat. 2024. Belgium/France/Netherlands. Directed by Johan Grimonprez. Courtesy of Onomatopee Films BV, Warboy Films S.A.S., Zap-o-matik, Baldr Film, RTBF, VRT, Johan Grimonprez.

The Axis of Big Data. 2024. China. Directed by Zhou Tao. Courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space.

Preemptive Listening. 2024. UK/Finland. Directed by Aura Satz. Courtesy of the artist.

Moon v. State. 2024. USA. Directed by James N. Kienitz Wilkins. Courtesy of Automatic Moving Co / Photograph by Jay Oliver (Houston Chronicle)

Gama. 2023. Japan. Directed by Kaori Oda. Courtesy of the artist.

Small Hours of the Night. 2024. Singapore. Directed by Daniel Hui. Courtesy of the artist

Monisme. 2023. Indonesia/Qatar. Directed by Riar Rizaldi. Courtesy of New Pessimism Studio.

Silence of Reason. 2023. North Macedonia/Bosnia. Directed by Kumjana Novakova. Courtesy of the artist.

Hollywoodgate. 2023. Germany/USA. Directed by Ibrahim Nash’at.

The New Ruins. 2024. Argentina. Directed by Manuel Embalse. Courtesy of Antes Muerto Cine.

Resonance Spiral. 2024. Portugal/Guinea-Bissau/Germany. Directed by Filipa César and Marinho de Pina. © 2024 Jenny Lou Ziegel / Filipa César / Marinho de Pina.

Republic. 2023. Singapore/China. Directed by Jin Jiang. Courtesy of Levo Films & Jin Jiang.