Open City Documentary Festival

Open City Documentary Festival

Celebrating the art of non-fiction, Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers.

To mark our recent 10th anniversary edition, we are delighted to partner with True Story to present a selection of highlights from across the festival's past programmes.

SInce its inception in 2011, Open City has coincided with an extraordinarily vibrant and vital period in non-fiction filmmaking and this handpicked selection provides a snapshot of the expansive and innovative filmmaking that the festival has been fortunate to showcase during its first decade.

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  • The Trial - Trailer

    Moscow, USSR. 1930. The Pillar Hall of the State House of the Unions. A group of top rank economists and engineers is put on trial accused of plotting a coup d'etat against the Soviet government.

    Dir. Sergei Loznitsa - 127min - 2018 - Netherlands/Russia

  • The Trial

    Dir. Sergei Loznitsa - 2018 - Netherlands - Language: Russian - Subtitles: English

    Moscow, USSR. 1930. The Pillar Hall of the State House of the Unions. A group of top rank economists and engineers is put on trial accused of plotting a coup d'etat against the Soviet government. It's alleged that...

  • Movements of a Nearby Mountain - Trailer

    In a remote, abandoned industrial site near a centuries-old ore mine in the Austrian Alps, a self-taught mechanic runs a business exporting used cars to his native Nigeria.

    Dir. Sebastian Brameshuber - 86min - 2019 - Austria

  • Movements of a Nearby Mountain

    Dir. Sebastian Brameshuber - 2019 - Austria/France - Languages: Igbo, German, English - Subtitles: English

    In a remote, abandoned industrial site near a centuries-old ore mine in the Austrian Alps, a self-taught mechanic runs a business exporting used cars to his native Nigeria. As he pursues hi...

  • The Swing - Trailer

    An assured, emotionally rich film about the lies a family tells to keep their patriarch happy. After sixty years of marriage, Antoine and Vivi have lost their most beloved daughter; but no one has dared to tell the bedridden nonagenarian Antoine, lest his heart crack.

    Dir. Cyril Aris - 74min - ...

  • The Swing

    Dir. Cyril Aris - 2018 - Lebanon - Language: Arabic, French, Italian - Subtitles: English

    An assured, emotionally rich film about the lies a family tells to keep their patriarch happy. After sixty years of marriage, Antoine and Vivi have lost their most beloved daughter; but no one has dared to ...

  • Purge This Land

    Dir. Lee Anne Schmitt - 2017 - USA

    In 1917, after the national guard allowed rioting white to kill over 100 black citizens and burn down black neighborhoods, Marcus Garvey gave a speech in which he said, “With all the service that the Negro gave he is still a despised creature in the eye of the ...

  • Purge This Land - Excerpt

    In 1917, after the national guard allowed rioting white to kill over 100 black citizens and burn down black neighborhoods, Marcus Garvey gave a speech in which he said, “With all the service that the Negro gave he is still a despised creature in the eye of the white people, for if he were not to ...

  • Flight of a Bullet

    Dir. Beata Bubenec - 80min - 2017 - Russia/Latvia - Language: Russia - Subtitles: English

    "Beata Bubenec’s single-take documentary opens on a blown-out bridge in Ukraine’s heavily contested Donbass region. A local man—taking exception to being filmed—is bundled into a car by armed forces and dri...

  • Baronesa

    Dir. Juliana Antunes - 2017 - Brazil - Spoken language: Portuguese - Subtitles: English

    Andreia wants to move out. Leid is waiting for her husband, who is in prison. They are neighbours in a poor suburban slum of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, trying to escape the daily dangers of a drug traffic war ha...

  • Cheonggyecheon Medly: A Dream of Iron

    Dir. Kelvin Kyung Kun Park - 2011 - Republic of Korea - Language: Korean - Subtitles: English

    "The Cheonggye stream runs through the center of Seoul. Today a popular urban recreation area with clear water, promenades and leafy plants, the Cheonggyecheon was, until only eight years ago, a filthy ...

  • Roundabout in My Head

    Dir. Hassen Ferhani - 2015 - Algeria, France, Lebanon, Qatar - Language: Arabic - Subtitles: English

    Roundabout in My Head looks inside the oldest slaughterhouse in Central Algiers. The backdrop of well-worn surfaces and a palette of bloody reds speaks to the building’s function, but it is the l...