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MDF2022 Press Release

Announcing MDF 2022 Programs

August 2-7 - Boulder, CO

We are pleased to announce the program for the 2022 Mimesis Documentary Festival, welcoming Artist-in-Focus Iva Radivojević and Opening Night Artists Emma Baiada and Nicolas Snyder.

With 20+ programs including documentary blocks, installation-based documentary arts, conversations, and masterclasses by more than 60 artists from around the world, the third annual Mimesis Documentary Festival comes to the Dairy Arts Center and the B2 Center for Media Arts from August 2-7.

Stills (from top left to bottom right) from Doggy Love (2022, IR, 60’) by Mahmoud Ghaffari, Huahua's Dazzling World and its Myriad Temptations by Daphne Xu (2022, CA/US, 82’), Manscaping (2022, US, 62’) by Broderick Fox, and Our Ark (2021, NL, 12’) by Deniz Tortum and Kathryn Hamilton
View the 2022 Program
The festival kicks off with an opening night screening on August 2nd at 7 PM featuring Song of Salt by Emma Baiada and Nicolas Snyder (2022, US). Set in an isolated mining town on the outskirts of Death Valley, Song of Salt is an immersive glimpse into the struggles and celebrations within a tight-knit community as its residents, suspended between the past and the future, face the present realities of an eroding economy.

“Meaningful and captivating… the perfect observational documentary”
- Film Threat

Still from Song of Salt (2022) by Emma Baiada and Nicolas Snyder


We are also excited to host a screening, conversation, and masterclass with MDF 2022 Artist-in-Focus Iva Radivojević. She will present her latest feature project, Aleph (2021, US/HR/QA, 91’) on August 5th at 8 PM courtesy of Picture Palace Pictures and Ivaasks Films. Her masterclass will take place on August 6th at 10 AM.
"...a deeply sensual and thrillingly experiential work, one full of...unexpected visual pleasures and musings on cultural differences and commonalities..."
-Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine
Stills from Aleph (2022) by Iva Radivojević courtesy of Picture Palace Pictures and Ivaasks Films.

Iva Radivojević was born in Belgrade and spent her early years in Yugoslavia and Cyprus. She is an artist and filmmaker who currently divides her time between subarctic Alaska, Brooklyn, and Lesbos. Her work presents itself as a collection of fragments {observations, poetry, images, sounds, melodies, languages} which collage together to connect into a ruminating whole. The work circles around displacement and belonging, seeking to connect to the metaphysical or the magical.

Iva’s films have screened at NYFF, Rotterdam IFF, CPH:DOX, SXSW, DocLisboa, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), PBS and New York Times Op-Docs. She is the recipient of the Sundance Art of Non-Fiction Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Princess Grace Special Project Award and Film Fellowship, and was named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

When not working on her own films, Iva enjoys editing, cutting both documentary and narrative films. Her work MA premiered at the Venice Film Festival and All That Passes By Through A Window That Doesn’t Open, a film she co-wrote and edited, won the Regard Neuf Award at Visions Du Reel in 2017.

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Mimesis Documentary Festival is made possible with generous contributions from the University of Colorado’s College of Media, Communication, and Information, the Departments of Anthropology and Critical Media Practices, the Research and Innovation Office, and by the ongoing support of our donors, audiences, and artists.

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2022 Festival Partners

CU Department of Anthropology, B2 Center for Media, Arts and Performance, CU College of Media, Communication, and Information, CU Department of Critical Media Practices, Dairy Arts Center, Center for Documentary and Ethnographic Media, and the Mission Zero Fund.

Tickets Available on July 19th

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