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The International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) is the largest and most prestigious of all doc fests. This year, the NFB is showing four films in the Reflecting Images – Panorama program: RiP: A remix manifesto, Paris 1919, Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary and Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action. The Panorama program is a selection of non-competing documentaries that are thought-provoking in form and choice of theme. These four films certainly fit the bill.

RiP: A remix manifesto explores copyright and content creation in the digital age, while Paris 1919 depicts the pivotal peace talks that took place in Paris at the end of the First World War. Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary uses interviews and clips from over 30 of today’s top documentary filmmakers to provide an in-depth look at non-fiction filmmaking, and Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action captures the powerful personalities that are igniting a new wave of spiritual action around the globe.

Sadly, I won’t be at the festival, but for those of you lucky enough to attend, IDFA runs from November 20 – 30, 2008. For everyone else, you can catch the RiP: A remix manifesto trailer and the Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary trailer right here on the Beta.

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