The International Documentary Exhibition of Bogotá – MIDBO (Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogotá), organized by the Colombian Corporation of Documentary Filmmakers ALADOS, is a film festival specialized in the cinema of the real, which over the last 23 years has established itself in Colombia and Latin America as a fundamental space for exhibition, dialogue and thinking on documentary and non-fiction audiovisuals.
Three parallel selections structure MIDBO: The exhibition Documentary Film, the encounter Thinking the real, and the exposition Expanded Documentary. These three sections dialogue together through an artistic approach that is defined for each edition.
A team of permanent programmers and associate programmers who form part of the section Documentary Film work throughout the year tracking down and viewing relevant films from the international and national scene. The permanent programming team, led by the artistic direction, carries out a selection process among the films received by call, following a defined conceptual line that is completed in the grouping of the films. The team prepares special programs that put the selected films into dialogue, writes the reviews for each film, the presentation texts for each program, and designs forums for reflection that accompany the screenings. The exhibition gathers films from a wide variety of documentary films expressions in their different styles, forms, storytellings, and topics (creative documentary or auteur documentaries, research documentary, ethnographic, activist, communitarian, experimental, hybrid, among others).
The encounter Thinking the real includes a detailing seminar on a current problem of documentary films, or of their approaches to relevant matters of the real. It is conceived along with MIDBO’s academic committee and conducted by a special guest of international renown. The Seminar proposes a dialogue with other international and national specialists whose work or research is considered transcendental in the issues to be dealt with. It is complemented by dialogues, working groups, laboratories, and workshops that offer different spaces for training, reflection, and encounters around non-fiction.
The section Expanded Documentary presents works that surpass the traditional big-screen cinema format, such as audiovisual and sound installations, video performances, transmedia projects, web documentaries, and virtual reality. It has a curatorial team that tracks down works or commissions their creation to artists or collective work teams, who experiment or specialize in given formal searches, depending on the approach defined by the artistic direction of the Exhibition. This section has been able to adapt to small and large real indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as to virtual platforms. In 2020, MIDBO created its own virtual showroom to house the works.
23 MIDBO is FREEDOM
The own creative freedom that arises in the midst of isolation, confinement, political and social restrictions opposed to migrations and movements, or the body as the ultimate place for freedom, is the thematic line that guides the approach of the 23rd edition of MIDBO and that lead us to question ourselves:
This year, the artistic focus of the 23rd edition of MIDBO is freedom as a reaction to the diverse confinements and, at the same time, we understand the documentary itself as a freedom cinema, from its response to a definition of the genre. We seek to understand how the documentary has brought us closer to, represented, or understood the limits of the representation of the spaces enclosed by the pandemic and other controls that affect us as a society and human beings.