Excavations and Journeys

Open City Documentary Festival, the London-based space for carefully-curated experimental and documentary film programs, has just concluded another successful edition. We trace the previous films of filmmakers with new works in the 2023 edition of the festival.

This selection is an echo of the main program at this year's festival, highlighting a selection of films about various kinds of archival excavations and temporal and geographic journeys. In both The Host and One Image, Two Acts, for example, the filmmakers grapple with histories intertwined with British Petroleum's imperial activities in the Middle East. Trouble Sleep concerns an insomniac Nigerian taxi driver, while No Data Plan depicts a cross-country train journey by a young Filipino filmmaker without the correct immigration papers. In the other films, we dig into personal histories, travel across oceans on international cargo ships, and get lead through a history of computer viruses.

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  • Open City

Selected films

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