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That’s right: Silverdocs, the massive annual documentary film festival, kicks off Monday, and we’re excited—-barbarously excited. In this week’s Washington City Paper, Ted Scheinman and I share our excitement over the festival’s Nordic Angst program, which features several weighty films from Europe’s northern nations. Oftentimes, that means existential meditations distilled from simple themes: Finns in living rooms and saunas; Swedes in swimming pools;  Danes in, um, North Korea.

We also covered, with help from our favorite people, a wide selection of the festival slate—-37 films in all. Silverdoc’s opening-night film is Freakonomics—-based on the popular book by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner and featuring vignettes by notable documentarians Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock, and others—-and the festival continues through Sunday, June 27. (Head back on Monday, June 28, and catch reshowings of  Silverdocs’ best films.) In between, there are films by Oliver Stone, Davis Guggenheim, and other well-known names, as well as unexpected gems from the United States and abroad.

Once you’re done reading the issue, check back here starting Monday: We’ll have additional reviews, interviews, and trailers all next week.