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Doc Fortnight 2021

March 18, 2021 – April 05, 2021

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art announces the festival lineup for Doc Fortnight 2021, the 20th edition of its annual showcase of innovative nonfiction film. This year’s festival, which runs exclusively on MoMA’s Virtual Cinema from March 18 to April 5, 2021, includes over 18 documentary features, four short films, and special projects centered on artists’ cinema. In addition to two world premieres, many of the selected films are being shown for the first time in North America—several following prize-winning international festival runs.

In its 20th year, Doc Fortnight continues the tradition of introducing the most significant, adventurous new nonfiction works by established and emerging filmmakers. Cinematic voices from around the world boldly attest to the continued vitality of the documentary art form through local dispatches and individual portraits exploring urgent topics in an interconnected world. The festival’s engagement with hybrid filmmaking continues with visual experimentation and expansive strategies that push nonfiction practices to new heights.




Doc Fortnight 2021 is organized by Sophie Cavoulacos, Assistant Curator, Department of Film. The Museum of Modern Art.


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Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black and by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston. 



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Before the Dying of the Light. 2020. Morocco. Directed by Ali Essafi. Courtesy Taskovski Films

Bicentenario. 2020. Colombia/Canada. Directed by Pablo Alvarez-Mesa. Courtesy the filmmaker

Cane Fire. 2020. USA. Directed by Anthony Banua-Simon. Pictured: the director’s great-grandfather Albert Banua as a young man in the 1930’s

Les prières de Delphine (Delphine’s Prayers). 2021. Belgium. Directed by Rosine Mbakam. Courtesy Centre de l’Audiovisuel à Bruxelles

Don’t Rush. 2020. Belgium/France/Germany. Directed by Elise Florenty, Marcel Türkowsky. Courtesy Michigan Films

Todo lo que se olvida en un instante (Everything That Is Forgotten in an Instant). 2020. Argentina. Directed by Richard Shpuntoff. Courtesy the filmmaker

Êxtase. 2020. Brazil. Directed by Moara Passoni. Courtesy the filmmaker

In the Same Breath. 2021. USA. Directed by Nanfu Wang. Courtesy HBO Documentary Films

Inside the Red Brick Wall. 2020. Hong Kong. Directed by Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers. Courtesy the filmmakers

La última primavera (Last Days of Spring). 2020. Spain/The Netherlands. Directed by Isabel Lamberti. Courtesy Loco Films

Lemongrass Girl. 2021. Thailand. Directed by Pom Bunsermvicha. Courtesy Square Eyes

Nemesis. 2020. Switzerland. Directed by Thomas Imbach. Courtesy Okofilm Productions

Never Rest/ Unrest. 2020. Hong Kong. Directed by Tiffany Sia. Presented as part of Crisis news is a genre film

On a Clear Day You Can See the Revolution from Here. 2020. Kazakhstan/Great Britain. Directed by Emma Charles, Ben Evans James. Courtesy the filmmakers

Les sorcières de l’Orient (The Witches of the Orient). 2021. France. Directed by Julien Faraut. Courtesy UFO Production

Patrick. 2020. Great Britain. Directed by Luke Fowler. Courtesy LUX

Perfect Fifths. 2021. USA. Directed by Courtney Stephens. Courtesy the filmmaker

Shared Resources. 2021. USA. Directed by Jordan Lord.

Terra Femme. 2017–21. USA. Directed by Courtney Stephens. Courtesy the filmmaker

Como el cielo despues de llover (The Calm after the Storm). 2020. Columbia. Directed by Mercedes Gaviria. Courtesy Invasión Cine

The Good Woman of Sichuan. 2021. Canada/China. Directed by Sabrina Zhao. Courtesy the filmmaker

The Insomnia of a Serial Dreamer. 2020. Lebanon. Directed by Mohamed Soueid. Courtesy the filmmaker

Deadphant. 2020. Great Britain. Directed by Ayo Akingbade. Courtesy LUX

Faces, Displays, and Other Imaginary Things. USA. 2020. Directed by Woodrow Hunt. Courtesy the filmmaker [COUSIN Collective]