Films in Verse: Documentary Poets

Documentary and experimental films can have many forms that are often inspired by literature and other art forms. Directors can thus become poets and tell their viewers about their themes lyrically, be it in blank verse or in a limerick. Some compose epopees, some create rambling and rebellious poems like François Villon, and some shoot austere haikus.

Our collection of film poems includes short documentaries capturing a mood or an emotion, such as Exposed about film exposition and looking through a keyhole, or the short and partly abstract diary entries Changing the Scene (Eyes in Colour of the Scene) by Vít Pancíř. If you feel like a longer lyrical film, watch Peter Mettler’s The End of Time which follows the particle accelerator in Switzerland and Buddhist sacred places and contemplates the nature of time. Megacities by explorer Michael Glawogger is a poem with a fast-paced verse about life in big cities, particularly Mumbai, Mexico City, Moscow and New York.

Immerse yourselves in the visual rhymes and editing verses in our selection at DAFilms until September 10, 2017!

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