Thom Powers, host of the Pure Nonfiction podcast, conducts six probing interviews with documentary makers working at the top of their field. The directors will share insights from their careers and their latest works. We’ll hear how they overcame major obstacles to create lasting works. The day will span a wide array of documentary styles – from the archive driven work to the epic series. This is a rare opportunity to hear from so many leading practitioners, all in one day. Catch the conversations live before listening to the podcasts!

Date: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Location: Ballroom & Social Cinema
Kunsthal Charlottenborg

The day is curated and hosted by:

Thom Powers
Artistic Director, DOC NYC & Documentary Programmer TIFF
Host of Pure Nonfiction podcast

Thom Powers is a mainstay of the documentary community. He has been the documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival since 2006 and created the TIFF Doc Conference. He is the founding Artistic Director of DOC NYC, the largest documentary festival in the U.S and he hosts the podcasts Pure Nonfiction and WNYC’s Documentary of the Week. He previously spent a decade directing documentaries for HBO, PBS and other outlets and he now teaches in the MFA Social Documentary program at the School of Visual Arts.


Nanfu Wang: Dissent is Patriotic

Filmmaker Nanfu Wang discusses her films that capture a spirit of dissent in China including her latest “One Child Nation” that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Nanfu Wang


Inside “Making a Murderer” with Laura Ricciardi & Moira Demos

The 10-part series “Making a Murderer” investigates the murder trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. It was a huge success on Netflix in 2015 and led to a follow-up 10-part series last year. Directors Ricciardi and Demos discuss the 14 years they spent on the project, much of it in obscurity.

Laura Ricciardi
Director &
Synthesis Films

Moira Demos
Director &

Synthesis Films


Mila Turajlic: Unraveling History

Director Mila Turajlic discusses her films that explore the history of the former Yugoslavia including “The Other Side of Everything” profiling her dissident mother in Serbia that won IDFA’s top prize in 2017.

Mila Turajlic


Complicated Lives with Asif Kapadia

Asif Kapadia elevated the art of the archival documentary with his sports car racing film “Senna” and his Oscar-winning portrait of Amy Winehouse “Amy.” Next up is his highly anticipated “Maradona” on the football star. Kapadia reflects on how directing fiction and documentary influence each other.

Asif Kapadia
Film Director
On the Corner Films


Petra Costa: When Politics is Personal

Brazilian director Petra Costa first won attention with her 2014 film “Elena” about her sister, exploring three generations of women. Now comes “The Edge of Democracy” (Netflix), her first person account of upheavals in Brazilian politics with close access to former Presidents Lula and Dilma Rousseff.

Petra Costa


Making and Breaking Rules with Victor Kossakovsky

Russian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky has won top festival prizes at IDFA, Edinburgh, Venice and beyond for his visionary work. His “10 Rules of Filmmaking” are cherished. His latest “Aquarela” is an epic look at water in multiple forms: ice, rain, hurricanes, waterfalls.

Victor Kossakovsky

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