september, 2019

wed04sepAll Daytue10FeaturedOpen City Documentary Festival 2019THE ART OF NON-FICTION(All Day) BST Curzon Bloomsbury, unit 57 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London, UK Event Organized By: Open City Docs Country:United Kingdom

Event Details

Open City Documentary Festival 2019 – 4th to 10th Sept 2019

Venues across Central London

OPENING NIGHT September 4 6:30pm
Elections / Eleições directed by Alice Riff
Curzon Cinema Soho, London

See schedule below for screenings of films #DirectedbyWomen at the festival.

Speakers for this event

  • Alice Riff

    Alice Riff

    Filmmaker

    Alice Riff’s first feature as a director, My Body is Political (2017), premiered at Visions du Réel Festival and was screened at others such as Havana, Bafici, Brasília and Cachoeira Doc. She also directed the shorts 100% Boliviano, Mano (2013), Orquestra Invisível Let’s Dance (2016) and the feature documentary Platamama (2017).​

    Filmmaker

  • Andrea Luka Zimmerman

    Andrea Luka Zimmerman

    Artist, Filmmaker and Cultural Activist

    Andrea Luka Zimmerman's work is concerned with marginalisation, social justice and structural violence and has been nominated for The Grierson Award and The Film London Jarman Award. Her films include Erase and Forget (2017), which had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and Estate, a Reverie (2015) which documents the last days of Hackney’s Haggerston Estate before its demolition, the artist’s home for 17 years.

    Artist, Filmmaker and Cultural Activist

  • Mila Turajlic

    Mila Turajlic

    Filmmaker, Visual Artist, and Archive Scholar

    Turajlic is a documentary filmmaker, visual artist and archive scholar born in Belgrade, (then) Yugoslavia. Her second feature The Other Side of Everything (2017) was HBO Europe’s first co-production with Serbia and won the IDFA Award for Best Documentary Film. Her debut feature doc, Cinema Komunisto (2010) played at over 100 festivals and won 16 awards. Her latest work is a series of archive-based video installations commissioned by MoMA. An archive researcher and scholar, Mila explores ways of engaging memory and history with found footage and obtained her PhD at the University in Westminster on the role of cinema in the construction of political narratives.

    Filmmaker, Visual Artist, and Archive Scholar

  • Naomi Kawase

    Naomi Kawase

    Filmmaker

    Filmmaker

Schedule

    • Day 1
    • Day 2
    • Day 3
    • Day 4
    • Day 5
    • Day 6
    • Day 7
    • September 4, 2019
    • 18:30 Elections + Q&A18:30 - 20:30A public high school in São Paulo is preparing for the upcoming student council elections. In the classrooms and school halls, alliances form and students pick sides based on their hopes for the future of their education. Four teams plan campaign strategies, canvas their fellow students, and plaster the walls with their slogans. As the polling day nears, the heated public debates reveal the student body’s political differences and shared visions. Observed with compassion and humour, Elections is imbued with the youthful spirit of its subjects while holding up a mirror to the country’s wider political turmoil. This is the UK Premiere. Nominated for the Emerging International Filmmaker Award. Followed by a Q&A with director Alice Riff. LOCATION: Curzon SohoSpeakers: Alice Riff

    • September 5, 2019
    • 11:00 Expanded Realities Exhibition 11:00 - 17:30The Expanded Realities programme seeks to find new pathways for storytelling at the intersection of art and technology. With the digital increasingly ever-present and algorithmic living becoming the norm, artists and filmmakers are grasping the opportunity to challenge our understanding of “reality” and offer audiences a space to enhance, expand and re-evaluate their experience of the world around them. This year’s Expanded Realities programme explores the current status of cross-media storytelling with our symposium and exhibition, presented in partnership with Digital Catapult. The exhibition will be open and free to the public and offers an opportunity to experience a breadth of new visions of documentary storytelling. The exhibition is free to attend and will operate an on-site reservation system. You will be able to book individual time slots for interactive projects while our 360 Cinema will offer time slots where you can select a number of experiences. Registration will only be available in person at the Festival Hub. Interactive projects #DirectedbyWomen include: Another Dream by Tamara Shogaolu, Escape Bed by Harriet Horobin-Worley, FOREST by Kelsey Boncato and Daniel Oldham and Weightless Bricks Act II: Collaboration by Paula Strunden and John Cruwys. Location: Festival Hub Studio

    • 13:30 Masterclass: Mila Turajlic on Filming a Nation13:30 - 15:30Mila Turajlic will present a masterclass discussing her creative practice. Turajlic is a documentary filmmaker, visual artist and archive scholar born in Belgrade, (then) Yugoslavia. Her second feature The Other Side of Everything (2017) was HBO Europe’s first co-production with Serbia and won the IDFA Award for Best Documentary Film. Her debut feature doc, Cinema Komunisto (2010) played at over 100 festivals and won 16 awards. Her latest work is a series of archive-based video installations commissioned by MoMA. An archive researcher and scholar, Mila explores ways of engaging memory and history with found footage and obtained her PhD at the University in Westminster on the role of cinema in the construction of political narratives. Location: Festival Hub - StudioSpeakers: Mila Turajlic

    • 18:15 Shorts: Labour/Leisure18:15 - 19:45Play can sometimes require an inordinate amount of work. The uncomfortable and increasingly liminal spaces between labour and leisure are brought into focus within this programme of shorts.Films in the program #DirectedbyWomen include: Labour/Leisure directed by Jessica Johnson and Ryan Ermacora, All Inclusive directed by Corina Schwingruber Ilić, The Blessed Assurance directed by Isabelle Carbonell, Country Girl directed by Ellen Evans, A Sonic Pulse directed by Dorothy Allen-Pickard. Location: Prince Charles Cinema

    • 20:30 Many Undulating Things20:30 - 22:40Directed by Pan Lu and Bo Wang. A rich and expansive film essay in many forms, Many Undulating Things explores contemporary Hong Kong through its history of urban change. Formerly a British colony and now a Special Administration Region in China, Hong Kong has been passed back and forth between imperial powers of East and West for centuries. Through a forensic examination of its unique urban topography, filmmakers Bo Wang and Pan Lu shift the form of their film to draw connections across time, finding in the ghost houses, shopping malls, convention centres and skyscrapers of the capitalist present remnants and residues of a colonial past. In partnership with The Essay Film Festival. Screens in ‘Official Selection’ Location: Regent Street Cinema

    • 20:30 Taste of Hope20:30 - 21:40Is there a viable alternative for commerce to that offered by capitalism? Taste of Hope offers one possibility in the form of a tea factory in France owned by a workers’ collective. After spending years struggling to gain control from Unilever, they now face a new challenge as their idealism clashes with the harsh realities of the market. An elegantly crafted observational film, Laura Coppens’ attentive anthropological feature guides us through the factory floor into general assemblies and out into the supermarket, as the collective try to reconcile their utopian vision of communal existence with the ever present stress of the bottom line. Supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK Location: Bertha DocHouse

    • September 6, 2019
    • 10:00 Expanded Realities Symposium10:00 - 19:00The Expanded Realities symposium will bring together creators, innovators and researchers to bridge the gap between the worlds of technology and storytelling. The day of talks will feature speakers from around the world who are pioneers in their fields, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the cross-media space. Raising questions around the future of interaction and the encounter, the possibility of protest and disruption in the digital space, and the potential of the new market landscape, the symposium will explore the issues facing the industry as well as offering inspiration for any aspiring creators looking to move into the world of XR. The symposium is held at Digital Catapult (101 Euston Road, London NW1 2RA). It is free to attend but requires advance booking. Symposium Schedule 10:00 – Masterclass 11:15 – Panel: The Encounter 13:00 – Artist Lightning Talks: Round 1 14:15 – Panel: Disrupting the System 15:45 – Artist Lightning Talks: Round 2 17:00 – Panel: The Future of the Market Full schedule and guest line up to be confirmed soon.

    • 11:00 Expanded Realities Exhibition 11:00 - 17:30The Expanded Realities programme seeks to find new pathways for storytelling at the intersection of art and technology. With the digital increasingly ever-present and algorithmic living becoming the norm, artists and filmmakers are grasping the opportunity to challenge our understanding of “reality” and offer audiences a space to enhance, expand and re-evaluate their experience of the world around them. This year’s Expanded Realities programme explores the current status of cross-media storytelling with our symposium and exhibition, presented in partnership with Digital Catapult. The exhibition will be open and free to the public and offers an opportunity to experience a breadth of new visions of documentary storytelling. The exhibition is free to attend and will operate an on-site reservation system. You will be able to book individual time slots for interactive projects while our 360 Cinema will offer time slots where you can select a number of experiences. Registration will only be available in person at the Festival Hub. Interactive projects #DirectedbyWomen include: Another Dream by Tamara Shogaolu, Escape Bed by Harriet Horobin-Worley, FOREST by Kelsey Boncato and Daniel Oldham and Weightless Bricks Act II: Collaboration by Paula Strunden and John Cruwys. Location: Festival Hub Studio

    • 18:30 The Hottest August18:30 - 20:00Directed by Brett Story. “How are you feeling about the future?” Filmed in New York City over a single summer month, Brett Story’s dystopian sci-fi documentary paints a complex portrait of a city straining under the pressure of economic uncertainty, social conflict, and impending environmental disaster. Labelled as “a film about climate change, disguised as a portrait of collective anxiety”, the film’s series of unpredictable encounters with New Yorkers across the city reveal a community gripped by fears for a turbulent present and an even more precarious future. Yet, amidst this climate of unease, Story finds warmth, humanity, and perhaps even some hope. Location: Curzon Soho

    • September 7, 2019
    • 11:00 Expanded Realities Exhibition 11:00 - 18:00The Expanded Realities programme seeks to find new pathways for storytelling at the intersection of art and technology. With the digital increasingly ever-present and algorithmic living becoming the norm, artists and filmmakers are grasping the opportunity to challenge our understanding of “reality” and offer audiences a space to enhance, expand and re-evaluate their experience of the world around them. This year’s Expanded Realities programme explores the current status of cross-media storytelling with our symposium and exhibition, presented in partnership with Digital Catapult. The exhibition will be open and free to the public and offers an opportunity to experience a breadth of new visions of documentary storytelling. The exhibition is free to attend and will operate an on-site reservation system. You will be able to book individual time slots for interactive projects while our 360 Cinema will offer time slots where you can select a number of experiences. Registration will only be available in person at the Festival Hub. Interactive projects #DirectedbyWomen include: Another Dream by Tamara Shogaolu, Escape Bed by Harriet Horobin-Worley, FOREST by Kelsey Boncato and Daniel Oldham and Weightless Bricks Act II: Collaboration by Paula Strunden and John Cruwys. Location: Festival Hub Studio

    • 15:30 The Last Male on Earth15:30 - 16:45Directed by Floor van der Meulen. In March 2018, Sudan died. He was the last male northern white rhinoceros left on earth. Floor van der Meulen’s precise, compelling debut feature depicts his last days, spent in protective custody under a constant watch of armed guards and surrounded by a coterie of keepers, journalists, salesmen and scientists, whilst tourists stand in line for photos and the chance to hear his story. At the centre of this human circus stands Sudan, weary but majestic, a grand monument to the true cost of our own rapacious greed and egotism. The Last Male on Earth is a moving, tragicomic countdown to extinction. Location: Curzon Soho

    • 16:10 Shorts: I Have Seen Nothing, I Have Seen All16:10 - 17:30Individual and collective identities are expressed through movement and migration in this collection of personal, intimate short film portraits. Films in the program #DirectedbyWomen include: So Dear, So Lovely directed by Diana Allan, Sira directed by Rolla Tahir, Chiyo directed by Chiemi Shimada, If You Knew directed by Stroma Cairns, A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message directed by Rhea Storr. Location: Regent Street Cinema

    • 18:30 Chez Jolie Coiffure18:30 - 19:40Directed by Rosine Mbakam. Sabine is a Cameroonian hairdresser who runs a small salon, Jolie Coiffure, in the Matonge district of Brussels. Despite having been in Belgium for almost a decade, she is still awaiting a decision on her asylum application. This intimate portrait captures Sabine’s daily life at the salon, perfecting her craft whilst whiling away time talking and laughing with an eclectic cast of patrons and visitors, many of whom also harbour the same fears about deportation. Shot entirely within the confines of the salon, Mbakam’s engaged, attentive camera reveals the reality of life in this little known corner of the city. Screens with: Private Black Motherhood and Public White Protest [Audio] Stacia Brown | 2017 | USA | 13’ Location: Bertha DocHouse

    • 18:35 Yeh Freedom Life18:35 - 19:50Directed by Priya Sen. Filmed over the course of a year in Ambedkar Nagar, a dense, largely working class area in South Delhi, Yeh Freedom Life moves between the two very different worlds of its protagonists, Sachi and Parveen, feverishly trying to keep up with the currents and swings of their respective loves. Sachi works at a local beauty parlour; Parveen runs the family’s small cigarette counter at a crowded intersection. Surrounded by a cacophonous city, Delhi-based filmmaker Priya Sen charts their pursuit of, according to Sachi, their “freedom lives” – an open existence outside of the constant scrutiny and sanction of society and family. Location: Regent Street Cinema

    • 20:40 Laura Grace Ford Presents: An Act of Unforgetting20:40 - 22:10Laura Grace Ford (formerly Oldfield Ford) is a London based artist and writer concerned with spatial narratives, contested space, architecture, fiction and memory. Drawing on cognitive mapping and the dérive Ford interrogates place by mapping the psychic contours of the city. She has developed a multidisciplinary practice where spectral languages erupt as fictions and dreamings, a reconnection with emancipatory forces embedded in the city. Ford has curated a combined programme of archival TV documentaries, placing Battle of Trafalgar (1990) alongside an episode of Summer on the Estate (1991) and will be present to discuss and contextualise the programme. Location: Curzon Soho

    • 20:50 Solidarity20:50 - 22:20Directed by Lucy Parker. Solidarity is a rigorous, impassioned investigation into the long-lasting impact of blacklisting in the UK construction industry; a now illegal process through which thousands of workers were denied employment for even tenuous involvement in workplace disputes and trade union activism. Through a composite structure of worker interviews, archival footage from the parliamentary inquest, and a law school’s contemporary investigations, Parker carefully examines the situation from a multiplicity of angles as she seeks to understand, rather than explain, the agendas underlying the Blacklist and its far reaching, continuing consequences. A spare yet immensely powerful enquiry into the systemic and ideological dismantling of workers’ rights in the UK. Location: Regent Street Cinema

    • September 8, 2019
    • 11:00 Expanded Realities Exhibition 11:00 - 16:30The Expanded Realities programme seeks to find new pathways for storytelling at the intersection of art and technology. With the digital increasingly ever-present and algorithmic living becoming the norm, artists and filmmakers are grasping the opportunity to challenge our understanding of “reality” and offer audiences a space to enhance, expand and re-evaluate their experience of the world around them. This year’s Expanded Realities programme explores the current status of cross-media storytelling with our symposium and exhibition, presented in partnership with Digital Catapult. The exhibition will be open and free to the public and offers an opportunity to experience a breadth of new visions of documentary storytelling. The exhibition is free to attend and will operate an on-site reservation system. You will be able to book individual time slots for interactive projects while our 360 Cinema will offer time slots where you can select a number of experiences. Registration will only be available in person at the Festival Hub. Interactive projects #DirectedbyWomen include: Another Dream by Tamara Shogaolu, Escape Bed by Harriet Horobin-Worley, FOREST by Kelsey Boncato and Daniel Oldham and Weightless Bricks Act II: Collaboration by Paula Strunden and John Cruwys. Location: Festival Hub Studio

    • 12:40 Railway Men12:40 - 2:00Directed by Erige Sehiri. Railway Line No.1—running along the Mediterranean coast from Tunis to Marrakech—was once the pride of Tunisia. After years of neglect, ‘The Normal Line’ has fallen into disrepair and accidents are now a regular occurrence. After the initial promise of the Jasmine Revolution, those working on the line have found that many of the old problems remain as state corruption and bureaucratic incompetence halt progress at every turn. Rumbling through the breathtaking landscape of the North, this increasingly strained railway network and the plights that its workers face mirrors the profound difficulties that Tunisia is experiencing as it strives towards creating a post-revolutionary society. Location: Prince Charles Cinema

    • 13:30 Naomi Kawase: Embracing + Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth13:30 - 15:00Directed by Naomi Kawase. In these two deeply personal films, Naomi Kawase reflects on her relationship with her father, absent throughout her childhood. Embracing (1992) revolves around Naomi’s search for her father despite her adoptive mother’s discouragement and her own doubts about what she might find. Combining nostalgic home movies and handheld Super 8mm footage of nature, Kawase weaves together an achingly beautiful search for identity and the true meaning of family. Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth (2001) chronicles Naomi’s reaction to her father’s death a decade later, drawing lifelong connections between her original search, her childhood with her adoptive parents and her unfulfilled longing for a relationship with her birth parents. Location: Regent Street Cinema

    • 13:45 The Crosses13:45 - 15:10Directed by Teresa Arredondo and Carlos Vásquez Méndez. Only days after the 1973 military coup against the Allende government, a group of nineteen union members in a paper factory were disappeared without trace. The case remained a mystery for forty years, until a policeman involved in the massacre finally broke the pact of silence. Taking his confession alongside testimony from the victims’ families —all voiced by actors—the filmmakers forensically unravel the events leading to the murders, using stark 16mm photography to depict the landscape like a crime scene. A bold and formally rigorous work, The Crosses bravely unearths a dark moment in Chile’s political history that for years had been buried in silence. Location: Bertha DocHouse

    • 16:00 Naomi Kawase: Katatsumori + See Heaven + Chiri16:00 - 17:35Directed by Naomi Kawase. This triptych of moving tributes from Naomi Kawase creates an affectionate portrait of her bond with her great-aunt who adopted and raised her. Capturing her lovingly with close up Super 8mm photography, Katatsumori (1994) introduces us to Uno Kawase as she enters her eighties. A recurrent figure in all of Kawase’s personal documentaries, Uno remains kind, good-humoured and devoted to her adoptive daughter, and See Heaven (1995) offers an intimate, experimental collage of images dedicated to the playful but tender relationship between the two. In Chiri (2012), we witness Uno’s daily routine as she nears her final days and Kawase grapples with coming to terms with her great-aunt’s passing. Location: Regent Street Cinema

    • 18:10 Winter’s Yearning18:10 - 19:25Directed by Sidse T. Larsen and Sturla Pilskog. In Maniitsoq, Greenland, US aluminium giant Alcoa Corporation has been planning to build a smelting plant for years. Promising economic renewal for the region, the sense that the plant may never actually come to fruition is palpable throughout Winter’s Yearning. Following the lives of the area’s loyal ageing population and its stymied youth—in a place where employment opportunities are limited to fisheries—the contemporary colonial violence of Denmark is figured through stories of economic ruin, frustrated communities and shared national trauma. Pictured against immense, isolating landscapes, the people of Maniitsoq await their plant – and with it, Greenland’s possible first step towards sovereignty. Screens with: Disconnected Alice Aedy | 2018 | UK | 14’ Location: Regent Street Cinema

    • 20:35 Here for Life + Q&A20:35 - 22:05Directed by Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson. An uncommon story told on common ground by ten Londoners. All have lives shaped by loss and love, trauma and bravery, struggle and resistance. They grapple with a system stacked against them. They dance, steal, and eat together; agree and disagree, celebrate their differences and share their talents. The lines between one person’s story and another’s performance are blurred and the borders between reality and fiction are porous. Eventually coming together on a makeshift stage, Here for Life marks the culmination of a long collaboration between filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman and theatre-maker Adrian Jackson, a group of Londoners, and a dog. Followed by a Q&A with director Andrea Luka Zimmerman. Location: Regent Street CinemaSpeakers: Andrea Luka Zimmerman

    • September 9, 2019
    • 18:30 Naomi Kawase: Birth/Mother + Extended Conversation18:30 - 20:00Directed by Naomi Kawase. About to give birth to her own child, Naomi Kawase turns her camera back on to her adoptive mother and great-aunt in this riveting examination of family, motherhood and the female body. An intensely intimate and candid film, Birth/Mother (2006) captures images of her great-aunt’s ageing body while Kawase reflects on her own journey to becoming a mother. The film offers a more complex portrayal of the relationship between the two women than Kawase’s earlier shorts, but the connection between them remains undeniable. Naomi Kawase will join us after the screening of the film for an extended in-conversation event. Location Curzon SohoSpeakers: Naomi Kawase

    • 11:00 Expanded Realities Exhibition 11:00 - 17:30The Expanded Realities programme seeks to find new pathways for storytelling at the intersection of art and technology. With the digital increasingly ever-present and algorithmic living becoming the norm, artists and filmmakers are grasping the opportunity to challenge our understanding of “reality” and offer audiences a space to enhance, expand and re-evaluate their experience of the world around them. This year’s Expanded Realities programme explores the current status of cross-media storytelling with our symposium and exhibition, presented in partnership with Digital Catapult. The exhibition will be open and free to the public and offers an opportunity to experience a breadth of new visions of documentary storytelling. The exhibition is free to attend and will operate an on-site reservation system. You will be able to book individual time slots for interactive projects while our 360 Cinema will offer time slots where you can select a number of experiences. Registration will only be available in person at the Festival Hub. Interactive projects #DirectedbyWomen include: Another Dream by Tamara Shogaolu, Escape Bed by Harriet Horobin-Worley, FOREST by Kelsey Boncato and Daniel Oldham and Weightless Bricks Act II: Collaboration by Paula Strunden and John Cruwys. Location: Festival Hub Studio

    • 20:30 Shorts: On the Border + Q&A20:30 - 21:50Found and archival materials are repurposed and reconstructed in this short film programme, setting up a series of unexpected collisions between analogue and digital media. Films #DirectedbyWomen in the program include Goodbye Thelma directed by Jessica Bardsley, every dog has its day directed by Alison Nguyen, horizōn directed by Anya Tsyrlina and Sid Iandovka, I Have Sinned a Rapturous Sin (Best UK Short Award nominee) directed by Maryam Tafakory. Please be advised that films within this programme contain stroboscopic imagery, and references to sexual assault which some viewers may find distressing. Location: Bertha DocHouse

    • 21:10 MS Slavic 721:10 - 22:15Directed by Sofia Bohdanowicz and Deragh Campbell. Sofia Bohdanowicz and Deragh Campbell’s distinctive hybrid follows a young woman on a research trip to Harvard University Archives, where the letters of her great-grandmother—the renowned Polish poet, Zofia Bohdanowiczowa—are held. What begins as a purely scholarly endeavour soon sees simmering tensions bubbling to the surface. Familial resentments, intellectual disagreements, and matters of the heart all enter the fray, each punctuated by moments of bone-dry humour. Part of an ongoing series of collaborations between its co-directors, MS Slavic 7 is an elegant and witty investigation into the burdens of ancestral legacy, and the melancholy present in a family’s archived memories. Screens with: Dalsza Modlitwa-(Another Prayer) Sofia Bohdanowicz | 2013 | Canada | 6′.Location: Regent Street Cinema

    • September 10, 2019
    • 11:00 Expanded Realities Exhibition 11:00 - 14:00The Expanded Realities programme seeks to find new pathways for storytelling at the intersection of art and technology. With the digital increasingly ever-present and algorithmic living becoming the norm, artists and filmmakers are grasping the opportunity to challenge our understanding of “reality” and offer audiences a space to enhance, expand and re-evaluate their experience of the world around them. This year’s Expanded Realities programme explores the current status of cross-media storytelling with our symposium and exhibition, presented in partnership with Digital Catapult. The exhibition will be open and free to the public and offers an opportunity to experience a breadth of new visions of documentary storytelling. The exhibition is free to attend and will operate an on-site reservation system. You will be able to book individual time slots for interactive projects while our 360 Cinema will offer time slots where you can select a number of experiences. Registration will only be available in person at the Festival Hub. Interactive projects #DirectedbyWomen include: Another Dream by Tamara Shogaolu, Escape Bed by Harriet Horobin-Worley, FOREST by Kelsey Boncato and Daniel Oldham and Weightless Bricks Act II: Collaboration by Paula Strunden and John Cruwys. Location: Festival Hub Studio

Time

september 4 (Wednesday) - 10 (Tuesday) BST

Location

Curzon Bloomsbury

unit 57 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London, UK

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