Radical times require radical change. But what does the word radical mean in 2021? The heroes of these films sometimes even risk their lives to contribute to global social, political, environmental, and cultural change because they no longer see meaning in conventional patterns of action. But will radical action ultimately bring the best solutions when the challenges outweigh themselves?
Documentary cinema can often look like quality investigative journalism. However, some films can turn investigative journalism into a compelling narrative that could compete with the most exciting trailers. In our “High Voltage” programme, the viewer will find the most striking examples of such documentary films in recent years.
Sorting alone will not solve the problem of climate change. Unregulated "free market" puts its price on everything, even life. In order to at least mitigate the effects of climate change, it is necessary to change attitudes towards what rights man has against nature. The films of the programme “Films for Nature” raise questions about specific pollution issues and at the same time call for a broader dialogue on whether human consumption and human survival are compatible.
The rights and security of the LGBTQ + community, the freedom to choose sexual and gender identity, and the recognition of same-sex families are issues that require real solutions instead of endless debates. The real painful and happy stories of the people living near us are summarized in a special program, the name of which is inspired by this year's "Kaunas Pride” slogan.
The International Competition programme is dedicated exclusively to aspiring filmmakers who made their first or second feature documentary. Films were selected considering their artistic value, filmmaking skills and revelation of human rights issues. These films showcase a strong belief in cinema as a means of reflecting and reacting to the numerous global issues.
The programme presents three parts of the documentary series "Borderline" about the borders surrounding and dividing Europe. Authentic frontier stories reveal the challenges these symbolic lines pose to today’s world and to people’s daily lives on the map. Falling and rising borders not only mark the boundaries of states, but outline who we are and will be in the future.
The program for children and youth has witty, inspiring, world-changing and sometimes inconvenient but real stories. From simple questions (which hairstyle is cooler?) to more complex climate change, maturation challenges, or very painful experiences of loss and racial discrimination. The programme is balanced for young people, but is suitable for watching with parents or guardians.
Audio-documentary is an incredibly intimate genre, that empowers invisible protagonists to openly share their intimate stories and touch inconvenient matters. Various sounds and music that complement the stories add a unique visuality to audio pieces so while listening to them with headphones it seems that you are where the action is taking place. We invite you to enjoy radio documentaries, podcasts and short audio works from all over the world translated to Lithuanian. This program is part of the latest "Inconvenient Films" project - Banguoja Audio Festival.