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World documentary programme

ARTDOCFEST/RIGA constitutes the documentary section of the RIGA IFF. It’s not merely a programme of thought-provoking and outstanding documentaries from across the world, but also a platform for meetings, roundtable and panel discussions conducted by international media representatives. All the film screenings of this selection are Latvian premieres and the presence of the authors is ensured. Starting from 2018, this programme showcases the full competition programme of the most significant festival of documentary films in Russia – Artdocfest. The work of the international jury also will be held within the framework of RIGA IFF.


The Trial
Sergei Loznitsa
Anya and Seryozha
Ivette Löcker
We're Going The Same Way
Pieter-Jan Van Damme
Olexandr Techynsky
The Distant Barking of Dogs
Simon Lereng Wilmont
Looking for Déni
Déni Pitsaev
Sofia Danilina
Courage Lessons
Alexander Zubovlenko
Robin Chicas
Denis Slepov
Our New President
Maxim Pozdorovkin
The Book of the Sea
Alexey Vakhrushev
Oleg Yakushenkov
The Potato Eaters
Dina Barinova
Home Games
Alisa Kovalenko
Our Africa
Alexander Markov
The Son
Alexander Abaturov
Missing Girls
Vadim Vitovtsev


Alvis Hermanis
Theatre director, Latvia

Artistic director of the New Riga Theatre. He produces plays in the most prominent European theatres and opera houses. His productions feature in the largest theatre festivals and have toured more than 40 countries. He has received many professional awards and prizes and was recently named among the ten most influential European theatre personalities of the last decade by Du Magazin, Swiss periodical for arts and culture.

Zara Abdullaeva
Film and theatre critic, Russia

Deputy editor-in-chief of the magazine Isskustvo kino, author of numerous articles on cinema, theatre and literature. She has published several books, including Ulrich Seidl. The Method, Kira Muratova. Film Art, Postdoc. Fiction/Non-Fiction. She has a blog on Collaborates with, newspaper Novaya gazeta, magazine Teatr and other media. She lectures in the Museum of Tolerance, project Cinematheque of Isskustvo kino and Stanislavsky Electrotheatre.

Galina Timchenko
Journalist, founder and CEO of Meduza, Russia/Latvia

A Russian journalist and the founder of Meduza — a Riga-based online newspaper and news aggregator in the Russian language. Former chief editor of online edition,
recognized by Harvard University as the most widely quoted in the Russian-language blogs news source. In October 2014, she together with several former journalists of launched a new media based in Latvia, because it was impossible to establish an independent publishing house in Russia.

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