Q&A: Three Directors on Their Distinct Visions of ‘Velvet Terrorists’

Charged as terrorists, but now hailed as heroes, three Czechoslovakians recount and reenact their odd and fascinating tales of armed resistance against the old communistic powers. Three portraits by three directors: a presidential assassination foiled through sheer laziness; a botched political tribune bombing due to alcoholism; and a notorious bulletin board bomber who wanted nothing […]

Q&A: Debra Granik on Ozarks Veteran Portrait ‘Stray Dog’

Returning to the Ozarks, Debra Granik (Academy Award® nominee Winter’s Bone) turns her lens on Ron “Stray Dog” Hall, a burly, aging veteran who manages an RV park and rides his motorcycle cross-country. Shot over three years, Stray Dog is a humanist portrait of an extraordinary man forever changed by two tours of war. Through his […]

Q&A: Tamara Erde on Israeli/Palestinian Doc ‘This is My Land’

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela. Tamara Erde’s first feature-length film, This is My Land, examines how the shared, complex, and charged history of Israel and Palestine is taught to the next generation in this volatile region. Does it fuel conflict or encourage peace? […]

Q&A: Virpi Suutari on the Lush and Verdant ‘Garden Lovers’

Unflinchingly candid and beautifully romantic, Garden Lovers is an examination of life’s poetry. Following a diverse group of Finnish couples whose passions are rooted in the tender care of their gardens, this documentary frames the delicate mundanity of everyday life with breathtaking stillness and beauty. Lush and verdant, this work by director Virpi Suutari is […]

VIDEO: ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ Q&A with Rory Kennedy, Alec Baldwin & More

This past Saturday, the 2014 HIFF SummerDocs season continued with Last Days in Vietnam, Rory Kennedy‘s riveting and personal account of the desperate evacuation of Saigon in 1975: During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. The United States has only a […]