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- 10.11.2014 9:24 -

The Art of Trendsetting

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The greatest event of the Scandinavian Peninsula is getting into full swing. The Danish festival CPH:DOX, which has been setting the trends in the field of documentary film as well as in the social sphere since 2003, has just launched its exceptional film and public programme. What novelties are introduced by the festival’s 11th edition?

Ubiquitous technology, wide-ranging digital world, overwhelming virtual reality, unconventional robotics. The society we would read about in sci-fi magazines years ago is becoming our everyday reality, entering all fields of human life. It does not avoid the world of film and art either, becoming a source of their inspiration, concern and fascination. All these themes are covered by the extensive programme of the 11th edition of the leading Scandinavian festival CPH:DOX which opens the Danish capital to documentary fans from around the world from November 6 to 16.

With its flagship ability to follow and set social and artistic trends, the festival looks back at the past only sporadically. If it does so, however, it is just so that the past can tell us more about our present and the keenly awaited future. That is why this year’s opening film provides a unique space for reflection, having been supported by an equally unique distribution concept. The documentary by Anders Østergaard and Erzsébet Rácz carrying the simple yet telling title “1989” will be screened on November 5 not only in a Copenhagen concert hall but also in 24 other European countries. To find out who took part in this unique co-operation and where to watch the film outside the Danish festival centre, see this extensive list.

The festival fine-tunes its visionary tone in all parts of its November programme. The popular and frequented conference platform CPH:CONFERENCE directly names this year’s main festival theme. The two days of lectures are presented under the heading ART, TECHNOLOGY & CHANGE. However, the festival events do not lag behind either. The festival programme will feature a special documentary section “We Are the Robots” including 11 films dealing with the relation of man and rapid technological development. The look into the future forms of communication will be accompanied by a reflection of the necessity to think of new forms of economic behaviour. Thus the film programme will also include films dealing with the concepts of open source and virtual currency.

Last but not least, the festival will not fail to surprise its audiences by a completely new project this year as well. Aiming for a similar success as the one achieved by last year’s programme novelty SWIM, a platform focused on the development and support of cross media projects, this year’s project MEGATRENDS will bring together film audiences and internationally respected guests involved in a wide range of social activities. The leaders of the first edition will include journalist and political activist Jacob Appelbaum, co-creator of the TOR software enabling to maintain online anonymity, and Richard Wilkinson, a scientist dealing with the dynamic of inequality in the society on a long-term basis and author of the world-famous publication “The Spirit Level”.

As you can see, it is definitely worth it to spend the early November days in Copenhagen! However, if you cannot reach the Danish island physically, you can reach for the new technologies; from November 16 to 17, you have a unique chance to watch 5 documentary films from the current film programme at DAFilms.com!

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