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World Documentary Film Competition

The international competition of documentaries is ambitious, thought-provoking, full of discoveries, multifaceted and praising freedom of expression. It is curated by Artdocfest, the largest documentary film festival in Russia that has cut the state support for this significant event.

The audience is welcome to express their views, opinions and impressions during the Q&A with filmmakers right after each screening, as well as to participate in public events – roundtable and panel discussions conducted by international media representatives.



Zhanna Nemtsova
Journalist and public figure, Russia/Germany

She worked for the Russian business television channel RBK-TV, was a commentator on the Markets program, the host of the program Nemtsovа. Vzglyad and other analytical programs. Since 2015, she has been working in the Russian service of Deutsche Welle and hosts her own television program Nemtsova. Interview. She is the co-founder of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom. Among the projects of the Foundation is the annual Prize for Courage in upholding the democratic values in Russia, the Forum, the Media school for young journalists from the former USSR countries, and others.

Roman Balayan
Film director, screenwriter and producer, Ukraine

He made his debut as a film director in 1973. Considers Sergey Parajanov one of his teachers. Has shot most of his films at the Dovzhenko film studio in Kiev. His films are the laureates of international film festivals (in Istanbul, Minsk, Moscow, etc.), participants of film festival competition programs in Berlin, Venice, Karlovy Vary. His most famous work is the film Flights in Dreams and Reality (Полёты во сне и наяву, 1982), which became one of the biggest cash-box hits of Soviet cinema and at the same time a movie that expressed the crisis of a whole generation of the era of developed socialism.

Abram Kletskin
Film critic and film expert, Latvia

Researcher, theoretician, as well as promoter and popularizer of the Riga School of Documentary Films. Author and curator of retrospectives about this School at international documentary film festivals in Nyon, Berlin, Leipzig, St. Petersburg and other cities. For many years he was a Professor at the University of Latvia. Screenplay writer for a number of documentary films, also the co-writer of the screenplay of the well-known film Is It Easy to Be Young? (1986). In 2018, he was awarded the Latvian National Film Award Lielais Kristaps (Big Kristaps) for his contribution to the art of cinema.