DocWest

Centre for for Documentary and Experimental Film - DocWest - The University of Westminster, London We have developed a thriving Ph.D.

DocWest is the Documentary Film Centre at the University of Westminster. Established in 2010, it brings together an interdisciplinary network of researchers, practitioners and students to foster creative conversations around documentary practice. Our activities involve teaching, film production, and academic research. We pay particular attention to the study areas of Visual Anthropology and Human

Operating as usual

10/11/2016

Fascinating season at Goethe Institute
FILM SERIES: PROMISED LAND
The Suspended Lives of Refugees and Migrants
MON 14 NOV – TUE 13 DEC 2016

Promised Land is a series of events that provides a vital platform to address challenges posed by the current rise of neo-nationalist and populist movements in Europe and the tightening of borders trapping hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants in a state of prolonged suspension. The Promised Land film series focusses on refugees’ and migrants’ state between departure and arrival, a life on hold, but also the persistent hope to escape and reach their destination.



Please visit Goethe website for more information.

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Volunteers and interns – RAI FILM FESTIVAL 03/11/2016

VOLUNTEER and INTERN POSITIONS at RAI FILM FESTIVAL anthropology-ethnography-archaeology 2017

DEADLINE: 4 DECEMBER 2016

Do you love ethnographic film? Would you like to get involved in the organisation of a major ethnographic film festival?

The RAI Film Festival is recruiting volunteers and interns to support the 15th edition of the festival, taking place in Bristol 29 March- 1 April 2017. This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved with the festival, to get to know other volunteers, students and filmmakers, and to gain experience in event organising. And you’ll get a chance to watch some great ethnographic films along the way too! All interns and volunteers will receive a free festival pass.
We are now recruiting for a number of different positions. Find out more on the website:
https://raifilm.org.uk/volunteers-and-interns/

Volunteers and interns – RAI FILM FESTIVAL

26/10/2016

Try catch up a great season in Bertha Dochouse
Bertha DocHouse about an upcoming season of documentaries we’re showing, called The Lives Of Others.

In partnership with the Royal Anthropological Institute and the RAI Film Festival, this season sheds a light on people and communities around the world. From a floating village in Columbia to an all-girls school in Afghanistan, each of these beautiful films tell a unique story that reflects back on our own lives here at home.

22/09/2016

very interesting event in `London next month!

Visual Anthropology and the City ​
‘Visual Anthropology and the City’ is a two-day-symposium at Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) and UCL Institute of Archaeology, Heritage Studies, which brings together anthropologists, filmmakers and artists.

Urban anthropology has fascinated journalists, photographers and policy makers with the emergence of the Chicago School since the 1920s. Ethnography and long-term research facilitated deeper insights into the everyday lives of urban neighborhoods that were often associated with violence, crime and housing problems.

Free and welcome to all!

Organisers
Dr Barbara Knorpp (Anthropologist, UCL) [email protected]
Caterina Sartori (RAI Film Officer) [email protected]

Locations and dates
Friday 14th October 2016 13.00-19.00
Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), 50 Fitzroy St, London W1T 5BT (next to French Theatre Bookshop)

Saturday 15th October 2016 10.00-17.30
Institute of Archaeology, Heritage Studies, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY, Lecture Theatre G6LT

21/06/2016

try and catch up Ackerman's last film

NO HOME MOVIE, the final film of one of cinema’s great innovators Chantal Akerman, documents her final conversations with her mother to create a moving portrait of love in the face of mortality. It screens at from July 1st, starting with a special screening + intro from artist and filmmaker Ruth Noazcek. http://bit.ly/28LSwOZ

NO HOME MOVIE + Intro | DocHouse no_home_movie_-_uk_trailer NO HOME MOVIE + Intro Introduction before screening Friday 1st July at 18:20 Dir: Chantal Akerman Belgium / France / 2015 / 115mins "Sublime" - Cineuropa"An intimate self-reflection... a tender, haunting film." - Los Angeles Times One of cinema's most innovative figures, C...

14/06/2016

Tonight in Doc house cinema

UNLOCKING THE CAGE
Dir. D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus
Opens 14 June

TONIGHT! LAST FEW TICKETS LEFT FOR Q&A WITH D.A. PENNEBAKER, CHRIS HEGEDUS AND STEVE WISE. BOOK NOW.

05/05/2016

If you missed the last film by ` Mark cousins- in our Regent Street Cinema next week!

I Am Belfast

The latest film by celebrated filmmaker Mark Cousins sees him cast his painterly eye on his home town, Belfast. Cousins meets a woman who claims to be city itself. Serene and graceful, the woman, guides him around the streets on an emotional journey through the rich, complex and often tragic history of Northern Ireland’s capital.

Wednesday May 11th
8.30pm

05/05/2016

This weekend
in our cinema in Regent street a real gem of a double bill
focusing on two fascinating individuals, both incredibly important to 20th Century art.

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures is the first definitive, feature length portrait of the controversial American artist Robert Mapplethorpe since his death from AIDS in 1989.
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict is the warm and inspiring portrait of an heiress to a family fortune who became a central figure in the modern art movement and created one of the most important collections of modern art.

Friday May 6th
8.30pm

Saturday May 7th
2.00pm / 3.55pm
6.30pm / 8.25pm

21/04/2016

In our Cinema in Regent street two special documentaries-

The Punk Singer / Speed Sisters

Powerful pair of documentaries about similarly trail-blazing women in very different circumstances.

Punk Singer is about Kathleen Hanna, the lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, who rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement.
Speed Sisters is about the first all women racing car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank these 5 women race with equal measures of fearlessness and glamour.

Monday April 25th
6.30pm / 8.10pm

21/04/2016

a special event this weekend on our cinema in regent street

Eisenstein in Mexico

Eisenstein shot 50 hours of footage on location in Mexico in 1931 and 32, but was not able to finish the film. Despite luminous, astonishing images that leap from the screen, the film became mired in proprietorial scuffles. This event will screen three hypothetical versions of Eisenstein's film - as prepared by Marie Seton (Time in the Sun, 1939), by Pavel Sergeyevich Alexandrov (¡Que viva México!, 1979) and by Oleg Kovalev (Mexican Fantasy, 1998).

Sunday April 24th
3.00pm

18/04/2016

Slow Cinema is a one-day-symposium at UCL, which brings together academics, filmmakers, curators and critics and is held at the Institute of Archaeology, Department of Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY on Friday 22 April 2016 9.30-18.00 in G6LT.

“It’s not slow cinema, it’s cinema,” insists Filipino independent film director Lav Diaz following the screening of his eight-hour film at the Berlinale in January 2016: “It’s cinema, it’s just like poetry, just like music, just like painting where it’s free, whether it’s a small canvas or it’s a big canvas, it’s the same. Cinema shouldn’t be imposed on.”

‘Slow Cinema’ is a controversial term and refers to a variety of phenomena in filmmaking: long takes, long films, emphasis on landscape and architecture, excess of time, and a wide-ranging use of soundscapes. Filmmakers such as Jacques Rivette, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Béla Tarr, Lav Diaz, Chantal Akerman, Pedro Costa, or James Benning have experimented with representations of time and silence. Equally, ethnographic films, observational documentary and experimental art films employ typical elements of slow cinema: long takes, the absence of a linear narrative or voiceover to pay homage to their subjects. Sukhdev Sandhu wrote in the Guardian in 2012: “Its techniques of dissolves, cutting and montage mirrored the rhythms – at once alienating and exhilarating – of modern life”.

In this symposium we will discuss films and writings on the subject from both academic and practitioners’ perspectives. The event is organised by Barbara Knorpp (UCL) and Claire Loussouarn (Goldsmiths). All welcome!

The event is free but registration is essential.
Please send a your name and affiliation or company to: [email protected] by Wednesday 20th April 2016.

18/04/2016

Slow Cinema is a one-day-symposium at UCL, which brings together academics, filmmakers, curators and critics and is held at the Institute of Archaeology, Department of Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY on Friday 22 April 2016 9.30-18.00 in G6LT.

“It’s not slow cinema, it’s cinema,” insists Filipino independent film director Lav Diaz following the screening of his eight-hour film at the Berlinale in January 2016: “It’s cinema, it’s just like poetry, just like music, just like painting where it’s free, whether it’s a small canvas or it’s a big canvas, it’s the same. Cinema shouldn’t be imposed on.”

‘Slow Cinema’ is a controversial term and refers to a variety of phenomena in filmmaking: long takes, long films, emphasis on landscape and architecture, excess of time, and a wide-ranging use of soundscapes. Filmmakers such as Jacques Rivette, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Béla Tarr, Lav Diaz, Chantal Akerman, Pedro Costa, or James Benning have experimented with representations of time and silence. Equally, ethnographic films, observational documentary and experimental art films employ typical elements of slow cinema: long takes, the absence of a linear narrative or voiceover to pay homage to their subjects. Sukhdev Sandhu wrote in the Guardian in 2012: “Its techniques of dissolves, cutting and montage mirrored the rhythms – at once alienating and exhilarating – of modern life”.

In this symposium we will discuss films and writings on the subject from both academic and practitioners’ perspectives. The event is organised by Barbara Knorpp (UCL) and Claire Loussouarn (Goldsmiths). All welcome!

The event is free but registration is essential.

Please send a your name and affiliation or company to: [email protected] by Wednesday 20th April 2016.

Civil Rights Documentary Cinema and the 1960s - British Academy 18/04/2016

Civil Rights Documentary Cinema and the 1960s: Transatlantic Conversations on History, Race and Rights
The British Academy, London
24-26 May 2016

This conference - held in memory of American social activist, politician and leader in the civil rights movement Julian Bond (1940-2015) - brings together documentary filmmakers, activists, and film, history and media scholars. Its focus is films based in civil rights history and inspired by it. It will promote a trans-Atlantic exchange of ideas around film production, activist subjects, and historical research in the making of civil rights cinema, civil rights history and cultural memory. It examines race and rights - activism, massive resistance, film and visual cultures - to intervene creatively in the history of the 1960s and in the historiography of the civil rights movement.

details and registration-

http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2016/Civil_Rights_Documentary_Cinema.cfm

Civil Rights Documentary Cinema and the 1960s - British Academy Civil Rights Documentary Cinema and the 1960s: Transatlantic Conversations on History, Race and Rights, British Academy Conference, 24, 25 & 26 May 2016

17/04/2016

the publication of the 19th edition of the Doc Online - Digital Magazine on Documentary Cinema under the theme: “First-person documentary”. is now available

website http://www.doc.ubi.pt

DOC Online is now receiving material for its next issue. The deadline is May 31st and the theme is: "Documentary and environment".

DOC On-line Para receber notícias da DOC On-line envie-nos o seu e-mail. Para recibir noticias de DOC On-line envíenos su e-mail. To receive DOC On-line newsletter submit your e-mail. Pour obtenir des nouvelles de DOC On-line envoyer votre e-mail.

11/04/2016

a real great new film on Beckett's only film project-

NOTFILM

13 Apr 2016 – 17 Apr 2016 in THE ICA cinema

This screening of NOTFILM is accompanied by a screening of Samuel Beckett's short film FILM on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 April.

NOTFILM

In this extensive kino-essay, Ross Lipman examines the literary, cinematic and personal history surrounding the production of FILM, Samuel Beckett’s only screenplay for cinema. A fascinating exploration of Beckett’s ideas and their genesis, NOTFILM is packed with references and clips from the work of Buñuel, Vertov, Vigo, Eisenstein (and many more) which will enthral even the most casual cinephile.

07/04/2016

In our cinema in April-

Kinoteka Polish Film Festival

The 14th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival will take place between the 7th and 28th of April. Organised by the Polish Cultural Institute in London, the festival celebrates the best of Polish cinema and culture.

10 fantastic films will be screened at the Regent Street Cinema including the closing night screening of Goodbye, See you Tomorrow which will preceed the gala event of the evening at the Polish Embassy.

FD-zone London -Imagining Facts: Documentary Narratives and the Indian Nuclear Project 06/04/2016

look for the next FD India event-
FD-zone London Fifth Edition

a collaboration between the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, and the Films Division, Government of India

Imagining Facts: Documentary Narratives and the Indian Nuclear Project



Monday 25 April from 6pm to7.45pm

Room: UG05, University of Westminster

309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW



In the current Indian scenario where diverse people’s movements challenge the Indian state’s nuclear project, we ask what is the role of “scientific facts” in providing legitimacy for particular truth claims? Through a curated screening of non-fiction films from 1960s onwards, the session will explore how documentary becomes a terrain to articulate opposing assertions about the Indian nuclear project. The films from the archives of Films Division, the key filmmaking unit of government of India, provide striking examples of non-fiction strategies which get mobilized to create expert claims about the “safe” nature of the nuclear project. However the certainty of such facts are challenged through other representations. The session will discuss the particular ways in which diverse narratives resist the hegemony and violence of 'undeniable facts', and address the gap between pro-nuclear documentary assertions, on the one hand, and the filing of sedition cases against anti-nuclear protestors, on the other.



The films will be introduced by curator Fathima Nizaruddin (University of Westminster). The screening will be followed by a discussion with Prof. Raminder Kaur (University of Sussex), author of the book Atomic Mumbai: living with the radiance of a thousand suns, Prof. Joram ten Brink (Academic Director, International Centre for Documentary and Experimental Film, University of Westminster) and the curator. The session will be chaired by Prof. Rosie Thomas (Director, Centre for Research and Education in Art and Media, University of Westminster

Please reserve your place by registering online at

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fd-zone-london-imagining-facts-documentary-narratives-and-the-indian-nuclear-project-tickets-24329984639

FD-zone London -Imagining Facts: Documentary Narratives and the Indian Nuclear Project FD-zone London Fifth Edition a collaboration between the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, and the Films Division, Government of India presents Imagining Facts: Documentary Narratives and the Indian Nuclear Project Monday 25 April from 6pm to7.30pm Room: UG05, Universit…

04/04/2016

try and catch MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES + Directors Q&A which is showing on Thursday 21st April, 6:30pm at Bertha DocHouse. The film has been hotly anticipated and has just received a superb reviews

23/03/2016

The year 2017 will mark the centenary of the birth of Jean Rouch. Many events and celebrations will be held throughout next year in France and abroad.

The Comité du Film Ethnographique and the Journal des Africanistes are currently preparing a special issue of the Journal dedicated to Jean Rouch, to be published in November 2017.

If you need any further information, please contat

Barberine Feinberg
Comité du Film Ethnographique
Festival International Jean Rouch
Musée de l'Homme
17 place du Trocadéro
75016 Paris - France

inscription / entry form | Comité du Film Ethnographique - Festival Jean Rouch 2016 08/03/2016

Jean Rouch festival in Paris - submission of films!

The submission for International Competition 2016 is open.
The deadline to submit a film is 15th April 2016.
Entries must have been completed after 1st January 2015.
Films may be submitted via online screener (secure Vimeo link available until November 15th, 2016) or DVD.
Only French and English subtitled versions are accepted.
You will find the online entry form on our website, via http://comitedufilmethnographique.com/inscription-entry-form/


The Festival Jean Rouch, previously known as Bilan du FIlm Ethnographique, was created in March 1982 by anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch.
Over the past thirty five years, the Festival’s aim has been to showcase the most innovative and relevant trends in ethnographic filmmaking, visual anthropology, and to promote dialogue between cultures.

The Festival selects films that document and explore human societies and cultures in their many facets, such as social and cultural diversity, continuity and change, relationship between men and the environment...

inscription / entry form | Comité du Film Ethnographique - Festival Jean Rouch 2016 35ème Festival International Jean Rouch ✤ 5 – 13 Novembre 2016 35th Jean Rouch International Film Festival ✤ 5 – 13 November 2016 Les inscriptions pour la compétition du prochain Festival international Jean Rouch ouvriront très prochainement Submissions for the … Lire la suite →

07/03/2016

an amazing new film in DocHouse cinema-
an extraordinary new film on Israeli choreographer, Ohad Naharin - MR GAGA

http://www.dochouse.org/cinema/screenings/mr-gaga

MR GAGA | DocHouse mr._gaga_a_film_by_tomer_heymann_-_official_trailer_english MR GAGA Dir: Tomer Heymann Israel / Sweden / Germany / Netherlands / 2015 / 97mins Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Meeting him at a critica…

London | Human Rights Watch Film Festival 07/03/2016

try and catch the London Human Rights Watch Film Festival which starts next week at 4 cinemas across London

http://ff.hrw.org/london


A few highlights of the festival…
· North Korean defector tries to put on a solo exhibition of his subversive pop art undercover, risking his freedom and safety, in I Am Sun Mu
· A ordinary bloke becomes an accidental activist when his land is taken over by gas companies in Frackman.
· Beautiful biopic tells the story of outspoken activist Larry Kramer, who forever changed public health policy and paved the way for gay rights in the United States and beyond in Larry Kramer in Love and Anger
· A group of Syrian refugees chronicle their own journey traversing land and sea to find safety and freedom from civil war in The Crossing.
· Women in the Middle East protest the violence they experience around them even when society attempts to silence them in Trials of Spring.

London | Human Rights Watch Film Festival

16/02/2016

Try and catch Patricio Guzmán -

THE PEARL BUTTON + Director Q&A

Q&A with Director Patricio Guzmán with his new film The Pearl Button
France / Chile / Spain / 2015 / 82mins

Master filmmaker Patricio Guzmán has established himself as the voice of those silenced and ‘disappeared’ by the two-decade dictatorship of Chilean General Augusto Pinochet. In his previous film Nostalgia for the Light, Guzmán overlaid the ongoing search for the regime's victims with a contemplation on the unfathomable mysteries of the cosmos. Here, he finds an equally poetic metaphor in another vast universe considerably closer to home.

With his new film, The Pearl Button, Guzmán turns his eye toward the ocean to uncover the decimation of the indigenous people of Patagonia. In pre-colonial times, the nomadic Kaweskar (or “water people”) lived and thrived in harmony with the sea; today they have all but vanished. Water as the stuff of life, as a way of life, as a means of living, traveling and connecting, beckons the upheaval of memory, as we are taken on a lyrical journey through the landscape of Chile’s often hushed-up past. Interviewing the last of the Kaweskar, Guzmán chronicles the terrible devastation wrought by this almost complete genocide, discovering an unsettling parallel to the thousands who disappeared in more recent times.

'The Good Wife of Tokyo' Screening 15/02/2016

DONT MISS

The Good Wife of Tokyo
Kim Longinotto, Clare Hunt / UK / 1992 / 52 minSaturday 20th


20 February 2016, 07.30 PM-09.30 PM
Albert House, 256-260 Old Street, EC1V 9DD (enter via Singer Street)

The docu-film, by Kim Longinotto and Clare Hunt, examines the traditional perception and the contemporary reality of women’s roles in Japanese culture.



Cost: £5 / £10 with drinks
tickets-
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-good-wife-of-tokyo-screening-tickets-20336817970 20

'The Good Wife of Tokyo' Screening Join us for a rare public screening of 'The Good Wife of Tokyo'. The docu-film, by Kim Longinotto and Clare Hunt, examines the traditional perception and the contemporary reality of women's roles in Japanese culture. Kazuko Hohki, the singer in a London-based band, Frank Chickens, returns to Tokyo f…

ESoDoc 29/01/2016

ESoDoc - European Social Documentary 2016

DEADLINE EXTENDED: FEBRUARY 9, 2016
Submit your application on www.esodoc.eu


There’s still time to apply for ESoDoc 2016!

ESoDoc is the training initiative for cross-thinkers and media professionals, who want to use the power of media to encourage social change.
ESoDoc offers you three intense one-week residential sessions held over a period of six months, combined with extended online sessions for project tutoring, international coproduction and networking with festivals and other market events.


WHO SHOULD APPLY
We welcome professionals from different areas: documentarians, journalists, web-designers and programmers, game designers, NGO-communication representatives. ESoDoc participants are committed to social issues and eager to explore new creative forms and communication strategies.
The workshop is open for professional with or without an own project.
We accept up to four participants from non-EU countries.


esodoc2016-extendedCONFIRMED TRAINERS
Sabine Bubeck-Paaz - ESoDoc Head of Studies (Germany)
Mark Atkin - Crossover Labs (UK)
Sebastian Baurmann - Miiqo Studios (Germany)
Katerina Cizek - NFB (Canada)
Sarah Mosses - Together Films (UK)
Sibylle Kurz - pitching.de (Germany)
Stefano Tealdi - Stefilm (Italy)


DATES AND VENUES:
- Session 1: May 3-9, 2016 - Tromsø, Norway
- Session 2: June 20-26, 2016 - Goldrain, Italy
- Session 3: Palermo, Italy (September 2016, dates t.b.c.)

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