The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival just released its full lineup
for 2018, and it appears this year's list will be as groundbreaking as ever. Durham's annual festival will include screenings of thirty-two feature films and ten shorts from across the world on April 5–8, which will be shown at Carolina Theatre and other venues in downtown Durham
This year's thematic program is hosted by the legendary, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger. The program delves into the true-crime genre to contend with the complexities of America's criminal justice system. Berlinger is best known for Brother's Keeper
, a pioneering film in the direct cinema documentary style,
and the Paradise Lost
trilogy, whose impact broke from the screen and into the real world to help secure the release of the West Memphis Three in 2011.
The tribute at this year's festival is dedicated to Jehane Noujaim, who directed the Academy Award-nominated The Square
, the definitive film about the Arab Spring and 2013 Egyptian Crisis. Noujaim's tribute will include a screening of Startup.com
, which she told Full Frame
she has fond memories of showcasing at the festival on her first feature-length film tour in the early 2000s.
Full Frame has been visited
by such prolific filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, Danny DeVito, Michael Moore, and Ken Burns in years past and is frequently cited as an important influencer in the world of nonfiction filmmaking. This year's films were chosen from eighteen hundred submissions.
Many ticket options for the event have already sold out, and March 16 is the last day to purchase Fanatic Passes ($325; access to fifteen screenings or events), Six Pack Tickets ($100; access to six films), and Sunday Passes ($25; access to four Sunday films). Tickets to individual films are also available for $16 and go on sale on March 29.
Some of our top picks this year include the world premiere of The Good Struggle,
which follows monks as they live and work in solitude at a Greek Orthodox church in Lebanon, and the North American premiere of Patrimonio,
which chronicles how residents of a Mexican fishing village fought back against a large corporation that posed a threat to their culture and heritage.
You can find a full schedule of the festival here