Documentary Fortnight, MoMA’s annual showcase of recent nonfiction film and media, returns this week with an International selection of 23 films , along with three thematic programs, that examine the relationship between contemporary art and nonfiction filmmaking, and reflect on new areas of nonfiction practice.

This year’s festival includes an international selection of 20 feature-length films and several shorts, all of which are U.S. or New York premieres that will be presented by the filmmakers. The festival also features New Cuban Shorts, a spotlight on films by emerging Cuban filmmakers; a tribute to Marlon Riggs; and MoMA Selects from POV, Public Television’s longest-running showcase for independent documentary film—plus a sneak preview of a title in the upcoming season.

Documentary Fortnight is organized by Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art. The Selection Committee consists of Sally Berger; Chi-hui Yang, independent curator; and Michael Gitlin, documentary filmmaker.

The festival opens on February 15 with two daring new approaches in filmmaking:

Ilian Metev’s Sofia’s Last Ambulance (Germany/Bulgaria/Croatia, 2012); and

Chico Pereira’s Pablo’s Winter (Spain, 2012).

Sofia’s Last Ambulance follows a three-member paramedic crew in one of Bulgaria’s dwindling fleet of emergency ambulances. The camera’s focus is on the intimate emotions and reactions of a doctor, nurse, and driver—not their patients— as they respond to situations both the serious and absurd. In Pablo’s Winter, Chico Pereira explores the tragic history of an old mining town, inspired by real-life characters playing themselves.

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