Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of non-fiction cinema.

The 13th edition of the festival takes place in London venues between 6-12 September 2023. We conceive of the festival almost as an alternative “film school”, a space where we come together to watch, share, and discuss non-fiction cinema in all its forms.

As part of that purpose, the texts collected here were commissioned to accompany the screenings of new films on our programme, with the hope of providing a space for new writing on non-fiction film.


Huda Awan

Assistant Editor

Siavash Minoukadeh