Following MUBI’s spotlighting of the influential documentary films by Jean Rouch comes a new series devoted to an equally bold but otherwise radically different ethnographer working today: Pierre-Yves Vanderweerd. The films of this Belgian filmmaker are notable first in who they document, as they seek to express something essential in the existences of peoples and places rarely visited by film and television. Shooting mostly in gorgeous painterly Super 8 and 16mm film, Vanderweerd evokes rarely seen aspects of Mauritania, the dividing line between the Moroccan army and the Liberation Front of Western Sahara, the least populated region in France, and the Armenian-Azersis conflict in the Caucasus. Just as important as these often unheralded regions of human survival is that Vanderweerd approaches documentary filmmaking not as a tool to deliver facts to the audience, but as a poetic instrument with which to call forth the sensations—tactile, bodily, earthy, existential—that both surround and come from within his subjects. His are thus documentaries that you truly feel, where empathy, spirituality, and understanding comes from a shared communication of experience. MUBI is proud to include in its retrospective the online premiere of the director’s latest feature, The Eternals.