Each year, Cinéma du réel ponders upon the state of the documentary, its forms, its developments and the approaches of its filmmakers. This is what lends the festival its exploratory side, makes it an ongoing research project. In addition to the screening of this flourishing contemporary documentary cinema, in Africa but also on all continents, Cinéma du réel invites us to experience the world and cinema through visions other than our own.
Offering a plethora of gazes on the world, a plurality of documentary practices, but also multiple ways of viewing cinema, the programme for this 44th edition of Cinéma du réel explores the connivance, even collusion, between filmmaker and spectator, and the way in which this is at the very heart of the cinematographic art. Cinema then passes from the filmmaker’s mind to the mind of the spectator, who experiences another imaginary, a universe other than his or her own. In documentary cinema,
this experience – which is also that of the other or rather the distance separating him or her from me – is singular inasmuch as it also reminds us that we all inhabit the same world.
Documentary cinema helps us see our own reality. And it is perhaps through films that disturb, upend imaginaries, confront other desires, other aspirations, other dreams, that a discontinuity occurs in the inexorable unfolding of real-world events. This discontinuity, which questions, surprises, resists, delights, is what helps us to avoid being blinded. To look at our contemporaries without being blinded – this is our invitation to the audiences of the 44th edition of Cinéma du réel.