DocPicks for Sunday: Animal and Human Cohabitation

The 20-year-old DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival will be organized online due to Covid-restrictions. The 71 films in the programme will be screened from Friday 29th Jan until Sunday 7th Feb at Festhome – and for the first time, everywhere in Finland! DocPoint’s Daily Picks will help you navigate through the possibly overwhelming programme of the festival.

The first festival Sunday centers on animals, but the films under the theme also highlight the strained relationship humans have with rest of the nature.

Directed by Iranian Amin Behroozzadeh, FISH EYE takes a sombre look at the everyday life onboard a giant fishing trawler. It gives us a window into what it takes to reach the fishing quota – both from the crew and the sea.

Anson Hartford and Jamshid Mojaddad’s MAYA looks at the relationships between tamed wild animals and humans through the eyes of an Iranian zookeeper and the tiger Maya he takes care of. What happens when Maya gets a taste of life outside the walls of the zoo?

NEW EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS FROM FINLAND presents four new documentary films by Finnish artists. They look at the relationship between humans and other species and ask: what can we learn from other species, how do we look at them, and do they look back?

All DocPoint films are available at Festhome from Jan 29th to Feb 7th except for GUNDA, which will be available for 48 hours from Saturday 30th January 12:00 noon. PLEASE NOTE! Gunda is almost sold out, so if it’s on your watchlist, please be quick!

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