All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
At the last edition of IDFA, American documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras was the guest of honour. Her films have been awarded dozens of times, including an Oscar (Citizenfour) and very recently in Venice with a Golden Lion. She won the latter award for All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, a very personal and poignant portrait of photographer and activist Nan Goldin. She speaks to the photographer at length and illustrates her story with her photographs and images of the actions she took.
Goldin (1953) gained great fame in 1986 with her photo series The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, a series of snapshots in which she portrayed the hard drug subculture of New York's Bowery district. Nowadays, she is particularly committed to her action group PAIN (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now), which cares for people with an addiction to painkillers. In particular, she sets her sights on the Sackler family's pharmaceutical company that has made billions from the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin.