Programme Update as of October 14th 2014

Barely three weeks to go: here is the latest version of the programme as a PDF. This is still subject to modification, but the content should by and large stay as laid out here.

Teaching Documentary Programme update – Oct 14th 2014

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Documentary storytelling is changing

Niels Pagh Andersen. Photo: DocMontevideo

Symposium speaker Niels Pagh Andersen (Editor of “The Act of Killing”) on why documentary storytelling is changing 

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International Rugby in Cardiff means you should register soon!

Aust2014_rdax_80For delegates wishing to stay on a day or two in Cardiff, there is the Wales vs. Australia rugby match at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 8th November – but for those who have yet to register for the Symposium, this is a signal not to leave it any longer as hotel rooms are going fast!

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The State of the Art, Part II: Documentary Aesthetics

Part Two of the NFB blog post by Jovana Jankovic.

Echoes of Victor Kossakovsky’s ten rules for documentary filmmaking – especially number nine: Documentary is the only art, where every aesthetic element almost always has ethical aspects and every ethical aspect can be used aesthetically.

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The State of the Art, Part I: Documentary Ethics

Always an important issue for documentarians - blog post from the NFB by Jovana Jankovic


Filmmaker Zarqa Nawaz, on the set of “Me and The Mosque”, a documentary about the multiple relationships Canadian Muslim women entertain with Islam’s place of worship.

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“We are not documentarians, we are filmmakers.” Discuss.

Joe Berlinger & Michael Moore on the changing market for documentary

Two topical posts in quick succession: first Michael Moore’s 13 Rules for Making Documentary Films issued at the Toronto International Film Festival’s sixth annual Doc Conference in September 2014, followed by Joe Berlinger’s response and thoughts on the “Golden Age of Documentaries”

David Sipress for New Yorker

David Sipress for New Yorker

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Background reading

For those interested in the history of documentary in GEECT / CILECT we have updated the Themes section to include Chap Freeman’s history of the VISIONS project since 1993, as well as texts on documentary by Rolf Orthel and Colin Young.

Food for thought on the journey to Wales!

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