2019 Festival Selection

The sixth edition of fARAD Documentary Film Festival returns to Cinema Arta in Arad from October 2-6, 2019 with a carefully curated selection of festival-awarded films gathered under the theme The Map and the Territories.

ˮThis year, fARAD offers an intriguing selection of documentaries that, having as a starting point the concept of the City, celebrate the notions of space and geographical territories through filmˮ, writes Dimitris Kerkinos, the artistic director of fARAD.

ˮThe program features documentaries that highlight various aspects of global urban life, presenting a kaleidoscopic view of different spatial dynamics: peer into secret underground Madrid (The Hidden City), learn about life on Cuban buildings’ rooftops (Havana, From on High), take a look into the rural culture of the American Midwest (Monrovia, Indiana), witness the urban and social transformation of Hong Kong (Many Undulating Things), and watch life around world-famous Vittorio square in Rome (Piazza Vittorio). Moreover, the tribute’s opening film, The World Before Your Feet, follows a persistent man who discovers New York City by walking thousands of miles of its streets. The feud of two families residing at the Siberian taiga (Braguino), the creativity of three young friends in a desolate refugee camp in Western Sahara (Hamada), the refreshing artistic freedom that explodes on the streets of Kinshasa (System K), and an apartment that brings together past and present of the city of Iasi (Timebox) reveal the centrality of space and geography in the lives of the people who inhabit them.ˮ

This year, the festival honors the memory of the recently deceased Agnès Varda with her Murals, a documentary that invites us for a stroll around Los Angeles through its graffities and diverse cultures.

The eagerly awaited documentary by Alexander Nanau, Collective, which just premiered in Venice and Toronto with a rave reception, will pe presented in a special screening.

ˮThis year the festival explores the interaction between people and the city. From this perspective, I hope that Arad will discover at fARAD 6 its invisible facets and faces.ˮ, says Corina Șuteu, the president of the festival.



The selection of fARAD 2019 includes the following documentaries, most of them having their Romanian premiere (*):

  1.   Braguino - Clement Cogitore. France-Finland, 2017.
  2.   Colectiv - Alexander Nanau. Romania-Luxembourg, 2019. Special screening
  3. * Hamada - Ely Dominguez Seren. Sweden-Germany-Norway, 2018
  4. * Havana, From on High - Pedro Ruiz. Canada, 2018
  5. * The Hidden City - Victor Moreno. Spain, 2018
  6. * Little Moscow - Grimur Hakonarson. Iceland, 2018
  7. * Many Undulating Things - Bo Wang & Pan Lu. USA-South Korea-Hong Kong, 2019
  8. * Monrovia, Indiana - Frederick Wiseman. USA, 2018
  9. * Piazza Vittorio - Abel Ferrara. Italy, 2017
  10.   System K - Renaud Barret. France, 2019
  11.   Timebox - Nora Agapi. Romania, 2018. Special screening accesible or the vision impaired
  12. * The World Before your Feet - Jeremy Workman. USA, 2018
  13.   Mur Murs/Murals - Agnes Varda. France-Germany, 1980. Archival screening

Scurt metraje

  1. * Before the Flight - Laurence Bonvin. Switzerland, 2016
  2. * Bigger Than Life - Adnan Softić. Northern Macedonia-Germany-Italy, 2018
  3. * Revelations - Dominic Angerame. USA, 2018
  4. * Sabaudia - Lotte Schreiber. Austria, 2018

Like every year, the festival screenings will be complemented by special projects: the traditional fARAD Lab dedicated to young documentary filmmakers, events for children, conferences and debates, aimed to regenerate the local community of filmmakers and offering new opportunities for professional collaboration.

The festival schedule is now available.

Free admission to all festival events!