Goings-on at Museum of the Moving Image

By Ela Bittencourt | May 4, 2018

What of art then? Is its thrill ever about aesthetics alone? This question is just one of many raised by Barbara Visser’s smart, approachable, and entertaining documentary The End of Fear.

By Josh Cabrita | April 12, 2018

Gibson shows that filmmaking is an extension of a practice that is already proactive and lived. The evolving relationship between filmmaker and subject is retained implicitly in nearly every shot and interaction.

By Caroline Cao | March 30, 2018

The Breadwinner is a simple story about a young girl who loves her father, but there are layers that acknowledge the complexities of the political situation in Afghanistan, children growing up in conflict, and the fact there are no easy answers.

By Jackson Arn | January 13, 2018

At the heart of Benning’s practice is an unmistakably avant-garde thesis: ordinary ways of experiencing reality need to be transcended with the help of cinema.

By Daniel Witkin | January 13, 2018

Cobbled together from home movies that the Brazilian director amassed throughout four decades living in Paris, the film constructs an autobiography of sorts from what its author happened to film over the years.

By Ela Bittencourt | January 11, 2018

It’s an expansive visual travel journal—Chidgasornpongse rode all of Thailand’s train lines over the course of six years—though on screen it seems as though it’s all happening in a single day (represented in 102 minutes of footage).

By Kelley Dong | January 11, 2018

Through its oversaturated, auto-exposed, and coarsely textured images, Let the Summer Never Come Again makes visible the mechanisms of its fiction.

By Rooney Elmi | January 7, 2018

Syrian filmmaker Ziad Kalthoum has created a study of men anguished by conflict without ever exploiting their predicament.

By Julien Allen | January 7, 2018

In just 50 minutes, nooks and crannies of humanity are explored with a deftness and potency it would normally take a six-part TV series to uncover.

By Chloe Lizotte | January 7, 2018

Spanning three visits to Chongqing over the course of one year, the film focuses on three of Shibati’s residents as they reckon with forced displacement and the dismantling of their homes and businesses.

By Caroline Madden | January 6, 2018

Shot in Poland for 35 days over the course of a year, this debut feature unfolds in a measured and unvarnished style that reflects the anthropologist eye of director Anna Zamecka.

By Ela Bittencourt | January 5, 2018

Ghost Hunting, which won a special prize at the 2017 Berlinale for Palestinian filmmaker Raed Andoni, is a relatively cool and sober restaging of interrogations and tortures suffered by prisoners in the Israeli interrogation center Moskobiya.

By Michael Sicinski | January 5, 2018

In Colo, three relatively ordinary people, a teenage girl and her two parents, are struggling to make ends meet. But by the end of the film, they are entirely new, having been shattered by trauma and reassembled into damaged, isolated individuals.

By Jordan Cronk | January 4, 2018

Blake Williams has achieved a holistic union of his own that speaks at once to the transformative power of the moving image and the oceanic force of its full deployment.