Starting today in Milan, the 7th edition of the Visioni dal Mondo International Documentary Festival will explore the cinema of the real through 38 documentary film premieres. The opening evening will feature British director Nick Broomfield, guest of honour at the festival, with a screening preview of his latest documentary, Last Man Standing: Suge Knight and the Murders of Biggie & Tupac. Tomorrow, Broomfield will deliver a masterclass entitled Emotion in Documentary. The event, held until Sunday 19 September, will be available in person with free admission to the Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum and to the Litta Theater, and online. 

“Unmasking the present to build a better future” is the theme of this seventh edition, which touches on themes ranging from sustainability to the environment and climate, artificial intelligence, inclusion and diversity, globalisation, immigration, and social relations. Among the titles produced by European countries in the International Competition, we find Living Water (Switzerland/Czech Republic/Jordan), directed by Pavel Borecký; Taming the Garden (Switzerland/Germany/Georgia) by Salomé Jashi; and The Brain (France/Switzerland) directed by Jean-Stéphane Bron. Out of competition are the British film My Father and Me by Nick Broomfield and the Italian documentary Tǔk Ten by Roberto Minini Merot, which will close the festival. 

In the Italian Competition are 11 feature length documentary, among them Bosnia Express by Massimo D’OrziDue ma non due by Iacopo PatiernoMyjing by Alessandro De ToniOne Leaf One World by Domenico Lucchini and Riflesso sullo schermo by Matteo Faccenda.

Taking place on 16 and 17 September is Visioni Incontra, the industry section dedicated to sector professionals, coordinated by screenwriter and story editor Cinzia Masòtina. The 18 Italian and international projects in competition this year will be divided into two sections: Work in progress, dedicated to those projects already in production or in post-production, and Final development, for already developed projects that have just started or will start production in the coming months. Also part of Visioni Incontra is the workshop “The Documentary’s series. Creative paths and productive models. Case Study on SanPa: Light and Darkness of San Patrignano,” which will see the participation of producers and authors. 

The panel “Towards the definition of independent producer?” looks deeper into the Draft Law “Norms for the recognition and support of independent cinema and audiovisual companies” presented in the Senate last March, which has reopened the debate in Italy around the definition of independent companies and producers, but also around the support of cultural diversity and cultural exception that will have a strong impact also at a European and international level. 

A new addition this year is two afternoon speed date sessions in which companies, producers and authors who were not selected in the Competition will be able to meet and introduce themselves to a variety of professionals, such as producers, funding bodies, platforms, film commissions, broadcasters, selectors and sales agents.