Doc.Boston is part of Doc.World, a global network of Documentary Film Festivals, with festivals in London, Berlin, Ghent, Athens, Sydney, and Boston.
Truth: Stranger than Fiction. Facts aren’t always facts, and “alternative facts” don't always lie.
In a world where “truth” is carefully curated, filtered, and viewed through the lens of social media, often the only difference between truth and fiction lies in the perspective through which one views the world.
Documentary films offer a fascinating peephole into a particular reality, at a certain time of a certain person's life. Whether in the form of an expository, a poem, an essay, an observational piece, whether it's dramatized, animated, or based on interviews, documentary films all have a message to send.
How can we make a difference in the world?
Documentary films are not just an avenue through which we can observe real life; they also serve to inform, educate, and critique. They are valuable creations in a day and age where media is increasingly curated and so much more homogenous.
That is why the Doc.World film festivals welcome all of the above forms of documentary film-making, and even more so, those that transcend boundaries to move fluidly between one and more styles.
They are annual film festivals featuring work from around the world by up and coming artists, showcasing innovative independent cinema with all selected films inviting viewers to learn and ponder.
To inspire, motivate, and award new talent, the Doc.Boston film festival will take place at Somerville Theatre.
The Somerville Theatre, part of the Hobbs Building in the heart of Davis Square, was designed by the firm of Funk & Wilcox of Boston and built in 1914 by Joseph Hobbs. Designed for stage shows, vaudeville, opera, and that new fad – motion pictures, the theatre opened its doors for the first time on May 11, 1914. In 1932, the theatre’s decor was “updated” with an art deco paint theme. Throughout the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, the Somerville remained a prime neighborhood movie house. Today, it hosts live concerts and live theater in addition to screening movies. The Somerville Theatre continues doing what it set out to do since 1914 – provide the community with quality entertainment on stage and screen.
As a celebration of the cinematic and visual arts, the festival will bring diverse international films to our community and showcase the best regional and international filmmakers.