Tobi’s journey. Colors of Tobi // Verzió X ELTE

Wednesday, 12/01/2021

Alexa Bakony’s documentary is about Tobi, a trans teen living with his parents in a small Hungarian village, who tries to figure out who he really is. The title Colors of Tobi suggests the difficulties he faces during this journey, and metaphorically is expressed also by the constant changes in his hair color (Tárnai, 2021). But more than ‘transness’, this is a story about family, the relationship between Tobi and especially his mother Éva, who stands in the center of the film.

To Act and To Understand. Courage // Verzió X ELTE

Friday, 11/26/2021

Courage depicts the events around last year’s elections in Belarus and the following protests against Alexander Lukashenka, known as Europe’s last dictator. The 2021 documentary by the Belarusian filmmaker Aliaksei Paluyan does so by focusing on individual stories of three (former) actors in resistance against the ruling government, but also by depicting the events on the streets from a protester’s perspective.

How to engage with victims? All That I Am // Verzió X ELTE

Thursday, 11/25/2021

The topic of children’s sexual abuse (CSA) is especially sensitive and often hazy when it comes to its media representation. Besides the fact that many abuse-cases never appear in the media, those that do, are often particularly violent or bizarre, where good and bad roles can clearly be defined. These particular cases rarely put CSA in perspective by offering a wider overview of the problem. As Anne M. Nurse, American sociologist mentions, in dominant media representation applies the image of the ”imperiled child”, which means that children are represented as victims in television news more than in any other role.

A Life Between Wars. A Portrait Of A Life With Two Identities And None At The Same Time. This Rain Will Never Stop // Verzió X ELTE

Wednesday, 11/24/2021

“Why does war exist?” wondered This Rain Will Never Stop’s film director, Alina Garlova, in an interview for the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights. According to her, society has internalized war and its consequences. 

Minimalist Style and Political Anxiety. Taming the Garden // Verzió X ELTE

Tuesday, 11/23/2021

In the 2021 documentary film, Taming the Garden, director Salomé Jashi opted for a minimalist style, with many wide shots and longer takes, and not using any direct interviews. We mainly see the villagers from a fair distance, and they only talk between themselves, not directly to the camera.

Interview with Francesco Montagner, the director of Brotherhood // Verzió X ELTE

Tuesday, 11/23/2021

Francesco Montagner's second feature documentary film, Brotherhood, explores questions of masculinity, patriarchy, identity and destiny. It is an intimate and timeless documentary revolving around three young brothers living on their father's sheep farm. We are talking with the director.

The Activist Documentary and its Strenuous Quest to the Absolute Truth. Arica // Verzió X ELTE

Thursday, 11/18/2021

The object of truth is regarded as indispensable in the creation of activist documentaries.

Interview with Nicholas Bruckmann, the director of Not Going Quietly

Monday, 11/15/2021

Nicholas Bruckmann's documentary Not Going Quietly is part of the Parrhesia: The Moment of Truth program section at the 18th Verzió Documentary Film Festival. 

The Fantastic. “Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”

Friday, 11/13/2020

The Fantastic, a documentary film by Maija Blåfield, explores the cataclysmic moment in which North Korean interviewees first experienced a foreign film. It is a moment that the majority of us living in democratic nations will take for granted, not least recall with such wonder and private fervour. 

Read about the six award winners of the 17. Verzió!

Sunday, 11/22/2020

Verzió awarded six creators of outstanding documentary films at the annual awards ceremony on 20 November. The members of the three juries presented the winners online, calling from various countries in order to be able to congratulate the happy filmmakers. Read their statements here!