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Chantal Akerman Documentaries

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From the East

Chantal Akerman France, 1993


We conclude our tribute to the often unheralded documentary work of the great structuralist filmmaker Chantal Akerman with this sublime masterpiece. A stunningly ambitious and inquisitive cine-tour of the world that lay behind the recently raised Iron Curtain, it’s a truly eye-opening experience.

From the Other Side

Chantal Akerman Belgium, 2002


Our last documentary in our tribute to Chantal Akerman headed to the American South, and now we see the great Belgian filmmaker cross the border. For a director fascinated by the constraints (domestic, gendered, social, spatial) that challenge us, the U.S.-Mexico divide is a perfect subject.


Chantal Akerman France, 1999


While always considered an international arthouse director, Chantal Akerman spent a great deal of time in the U.S., and dedicated some of her best films to examining the unique tensions and spaces of the country. Sadly, this compassionate 1999 look at a heartland hate crime has hardly aged a day.

I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman

Marianne Lambert Belgium, 2015


Before we continue our documentary tribute to Chantal Akerman, we wanted to provide an encounter with the director herself. Marianne Lambert, who worked on Almayer’s Folly, offers a personal exploration that ranges from her best known film, Jeanne Dielman, to discussing what ended up being her last.

No Home Movie

Chantal Akerman Belgium, 2015


Chantal Akerman took her life last autumn, cutting short the startling, varied career of this rigorous, questioning and absolutely essential Belgian filmmaker. With her final film, in which she takes her camera into her mother’s home, we begin a series paying tribute to Akerman’s documentary work.

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