Festival dei Popoli

International Documentary Film Festival 2013

Reality is more!

The documentary throws reality into your face. It does so with a sophisticated language that is the result of stylistic elaboration and aesthetic research. But it is still about reality, which is complex, ambiguous, contradictory, hence always difficult to understand. Reality is far from the simplifications to which the contemporary world would like us to get used, from the slogans used extensively in advertising, from sensational journalism and from rowdy politics – languages which increasingly look like each other. A slogan is easy to inculcate. It “sounds good”, like an aphorism, but unlike an aphorism it does not contain any ambiguity and it cannot be interpreted in different ways. It is easy to understand and to remember. It dulls thinking.
Starting from this edition, Festival dei Popoli launches a new initiative, Doc at Work. This was possible thanks to the support of the Region of Tuscany and of FST – Fondazione Sistema Toscana, which we would like to thank for believing in this project. The program, made of meetings, workshops, presentations of books and DVDs, debates with authors and guests of the Festival, is aimed at promoting a discussion and an exchange of views on the documentary as a language of the contemporary world. Doc at Work will also include an event dedicated to the industry (restricted to professionals) for the presentation of film projects currently under way (Pitching Forum) or about to be completed (Rough Cut Presentation) to an international group of commissioning editors, film buyers and professionals.