Free Thought Documentaries in Moscow

As part of the Moscow International Film Festival (19.6-28.6) two Russian documentary gentlemen, very often present in Western documentary events, Sergey Miroshnichenko and Grigory Libergal, have put together a fine programme. This is what they say:

43 masterpieces of world documentary filmmaking were shown in the program “Free Thought” since 2006. We were right in our undertaking. Our audience is the main indicator and it permits us to look with confidence at the prospects of our program and further advance of documentary films on TV and in cinema.

Once again this year the main participants of the program “Free Thought” are winners of the biggest international festivals like Sundance, Full Frame, Amsterdam, Leipzig, films that have won the American “Oscar” or the Prize of the European Film Academy to the best documentary of the year. As usual we have included films with high box-office returns and high TV ratings. We still believe that cinema must face the viewer and hope that all our movies will be a success with the audience of the Moscow Film Festival. This year we are introducing directors like Alex Gibney, James Marsch, Alex Gibney, James Marsh, Werner Herzog, Helena Třeštiková (photo from René), Erwin Wagenhofer  and other talented masters.

When we were selecting for our program we realised that documentary filmmakers have turned their attention to the inner world of man, his place in society, his ability to resist global manifestations of evil in all its forms. In his last interview the prominent Russian writer Alexandr Solzhenitsyn offered the following definition of good and evil: “The border between good and evil goes through all the countries, all the parties, through all classes and people, through every heart. And even in the heart of every person this border shifts with time. It always recedes, increasing the portion of good or the portion of evil. People are never the same throughout their lifetime. They change in the course of their lives, their portion in good and evil varies”. The authors of the films in this program try to push this border towards goodness and we are happy to help them with our humble work.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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