Docaviv is proud to present a unique first-time collaboration with The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Israel’s largest, first, and leading human rights organization, which marks its 50th anniversary this year. Over the years, the ACRI has amassed a number of impressive achievements that changed the face of Israeli society and led the struggle for protecting democracy and human rights in Israel. As part of the new collaboration, the festival will screen films that deal with human and civil rights issues and hold several panels and events revolving around these films, attended by the festival’s distinguished guests.
Richard Davis shot himself in the abdomen 192 times to prove how effective his invention—a bulletproof vest—was. Charming and charismatic, he became a multi-millionaire and a cult phenomenon. The cracks in his funny, colorful anecdotes began to show when a policeman wearing one of his vests was shot and killed.
Eva, Sasha, Kolya, and their friends toe the thin line between childhood games, dreams, and fantasies, and life in war-stricken eastern Ukraine. This is a heartwarming film about a halfway house for children whose families cracked and crumbled under reality’s crushing weight.
L’s letters to her lover, who left her, expose the deep faultlines in Indian society—faultlines students try to skip over on their way to a free and liberated future. A mixture of texts and authentic and staged footage gives this story a dreamlike, surreal, and spellbinding feel.
School has given her a glimpse of the outside world and its progressive values, but in her insular community, in the misty mountains of North Vietnam, the tradition of child bride kidnapping is still alive. 12-year-old Di is about to face the divide between tradition and her dreams.
A Darfurian asylum seeker embarks on a farewell journey from Israel to reunite with his wife and daughter in Canada. It is a journey of a man who is constantly on his way home.
When an assassin shot her in the head at close range, nobody thought Gabby Giffords would recover, but she relearned to walk and talk, returned to public service, and continues to improve. Julie Cohen and Betsy West (RBG) joined her and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, on their remarkable journey.
Valeria is forced to leave her village after it had been flooded with toxic water from the mines. Before she says her final farewell, she remembers the life she had there.
When they disbanded after three albums and a short-lived success in the US, the members of Cymande were sure their music had been forgotten. But the all-Black band that sent a message of peace and brotherhood was an inspiration to many, and its comeback proves that it remains very relevant today.
Segregated, highly surveilled, heavily filmed and intensely guarded: H2 uncovers the ways in which a single neighborhood in Hebron fuels the entire Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 54 years of military occupation, told through the story of a one-kilometer long street.
After building a lifetime of memories and a close-knit community, the residents of a council housing neighborhood are faced with eviction, as real estate investors itch to demolish their homes in favor of luxury projects.
The interpreters at an international war crime tribunal are supposed to hide their feelings, even when the testimonies are similar to their own experiences.
When he was little, Juan Camilo didn’t know that his parents had been guerilla fighters, his father had led The Popular Liberation Army, and his mother had been kidnapped and murdered. 25 years after his family fled Colombia, he returns and, using diaries and home videos, tries to understand his parents’ lives.
The Turkish music scene in Germany that emerged in the 1960s out of migrant workers’ homesickness and disappointment, has undergone many musical, political, and social changes over the years. The film shows the brightest stars to have graced the genre over the years, their music, and the communities that grew around it.
Hla and Nyo Nyo, a Buddhist and a Muslim, run a small, makeshift women's health clinic in Myanmar, where the Muslim minority is violently persecuted. In five years of personal and political upheaval, the two women’s unique relationship is often put to the test.
Lithuania’s separation from the USSR required a careful, levelheaded approach. Vytautas Landsbergis, the first leader of an independent Lithuania, shares the untold stories of how he navigated the situation with Gorbachev and the Kremlin. Directed by Sergei Loznitsa, the film won the IDFA grand prix.
Pauli Murray was there before (almost) all the others. A poet, lawyer, activist, scholar, and Black queer person, Murray paved the way for the big civil rights and women’s rights revolutions in the US. Julie Cohen and Betsy West paint the portrait of a true luminary.
Having survived an assassination attempt, Aleksei Navalny is determined to prove that it was Putin who gave the order. The film follows him and his team through an investigation so dark and gripping that at times it feels like a Hollywood thriller instead of a disheartening look at Russian reality.
The crystal voice and haunting eyes that had paved Sinéad O’Connor’s path to stardom did her no good when she insisted on raising that voice in protest. She was labeled “disturbed” and sidelined. Archive footage, music, and interviews with her reveal a different O’Connor: thoughtful, sharp, and more interesting than ever.
In this remarkable adaptation of sociologist Didier Eribon’s bestselling novel “Returning to Reims,” archive footage and personal stories paint the struggles of the French working class, where the political is always personal—intimately so.
The story of the 1948 war and the silencing of graduate student Teddy Katz who exposed an alleged massacre that took place in the village of Tantura. A portrait of Israeli society and its inability to confront its founding myths.
When his life partner is hit with an illegal repossession order, attorney Barak Cohen launches an unprecedented public campaign against the heads of Israel's banking industry.
What does it take for women to run for Knesset? What are their obstacles? Past and current female MKs talk about their experiences, revealing the complex status of women in the Knesset and in society.
In 1989, Christine Choy began to film the leaders of the nonviolent student protests at Tiananmen Square. 33 years later, the eccentric documentarian goes looking for the exiles, whose country branded them as traitors, to show them the never-before-seen footage.
Seven women openly share their experiences of life in prostitution – from the initial lure, through trauma and their struggle to survive.
They bravely challenge what is expected of them - to be ashamed and conceal themselves.
TikTok offers its users a funny, colorful, and near-infinite multiverse of content, but behind one of the world’s biggest social networks is a maze of intricate data collection mechanics, and the fact that all this data is stored in China raises many concerns among Western economists, culture researchers, and military strategists.
Sandar, a Soviet soldier captured by the Nazis, returned to Mother Russia only to be condemned as a traitor and sent to Siberia. Through his diaries, his letters, and colorized archive footage, his daughter tries to piece together his silenced story, and with it—the stories of millions like him.
Trevor Paglen is determined to expose the invisible: sophisticated mass surveillance systems that deconstruct us all into bits of data. The acclaimed artist-activist’s attempts to launch an artwork into space as a satellite reveal his unique creative process and ideology.
At the height of his career, Chef José Andrés decided to swap his high-end kitchen for the world’s most dangerous disaster zones—from Haiti to Ukraine—to cook for and feed the hungry. Director Ron Howard follows him into the field on his mission, now a major humanitarian aid organization.
Nestor, Benjamin, Aaron, and Rafiki are economics undergraduates in the Central African Republic. With convoluted mechanisms, corrupt lecturers, and rigid family traditions standing in the way of their dreams of a brighter future for themselves and their country, the four friends turn to each other for strength, advice, camaraderie, and laughter.
Lilian and her four children are fleeing Guatemala and making their way to the Mexico-US border in a migrant caravan numbering thousands. The road is hard, but it gives birth to unexpected and heartwarming human bonds, and the journey's end brings with it a new outlook on life.
Not so much a documentary murder investigation as a meticulously constructed meditation on race relations, economic forces, and the failings of the American legal system - all of which comprised the backdrop for the murder of a Chinese-American automotive engineer in Detroit in 1982 - Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Peña’s Who Killed Vincent Chin? remains a stirring, absorbing elegy for justice unserved.
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