Monday, 17 August 2015 21:31

10th Lemesos International Documentary Festival a great success

Audience at the  Lemesos International Documentary Festival Audience at the  Lemesos International Documentary Festival

This year’s Lemesos International Documentary Festival attracted new record crowds at its new venue, the Evagoras Lanitis Centre, next to the Limassol Medieval Castle. The three different documentaries showing each evening between August 1 and 8 were almost all presented to an auditorium filled to its capacity of 300.

The annual event has become a true tradition for local cinemagoers and documentary fans. “It is really inspiring to be able to see films that educate as well as entertain,” says one visitor. The much more spacious and comfortable venue - the previous one, Theatro Ena, had frequently proven too small - was much appreciated. Its outdoor area, facing the back of Limassol’s castle, was used by the numerous cinephiles to discuss the often controversial and emotionally charged films over a drink from the venue’s bar. 

Films covered a wide variety of topics such as the daily global drama of traffic around the world, the Indonesian anti-communist genocide, rock star Kurt Cobain’s life, contemporary colonialism, the global ‘sugar mafia’, the price of political freedom in Syria, Christian Dior’s fashion house, the story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and the vicious cycle of sexual exploitation. Also included was the Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature ‘The Salt of the Earth’ revealing the life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado who has been travelling across the continents for the last 40 years.

Cyprus was represented through Patsalides’s ‘Beloved Days’, a Cypriot documentary about the people of Karmi in Cyprus who in 1970 participated in an unprecedented experience: the shooting of the film Beloved, with a Hollywood cast and crew.

Once again Lemesos International Documentary Festival encouraged the audience’s engagement in creative dialogue with documentary professionals and organized ‘DocsTalk’, a workshop for film professionals.

The event was organised by Brave New Culture and supported and funded by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation was a co-organiser and the Official Media Sponsor.

The organizers are understandably pleased with this year’s festival “The documentary genre is becoming one of the most important works of cinema as an informed audience, is undeniably a more powerful one”.

As published in The Cyprus Weekly of August 14 

 

 

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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