¡Documentary Now! 2013 Programme Announced

This year’s Documentary Now has three main strands: Malleability; Surveillance and/as Documentary, and; Enter the Perpetrator.

There are three dynamic panels addressing the question of the malleability of the documentary, an opening plenary graced with two of documentary studies’ greatest thinkers devoted to the theme of surveillance, and a screening and closing roundtable discussion on the theme of the somewhat disturbing and certainly intriguing emerging phenomenon of the ‘perpetrator documentary’.

This year’s ¡Documentary Now! screening is a UK premiere of the challenging and chilling latest documentary by Rithy Panh, Duch: Master of the Forges of Hell (2011, 103 min). We are extremely pleased that Deirdre Boyle, from the New School for Social Research in NY, will be introducing this fascinating and unique film and joining Joram Ten Brink and myself for a roundtable discussion the following day about the relatively new turn away from the victim and toward the perpetrator in a spate of recent films.

We are also pleased to be launching the new Wallflower Press title Killer Images: Documentary Film, Memory and the Performance of Violence, edited by Joram Ten Brink and Joshua Oppenheimer, at the end of the conference.

We hope you will join us for the full day and a half event, and stay on to enjoy the Open City Docs Fest for the next four days. All registered ¡Documentary Now! participants are eligible to purchase a discounted Open City festival Pass. See the Open City website for details. Both the conference and the festival are held at UCL in central London.

Please remember to register. Registration is free.

See you on the 19th and 20th of June!

Alisa Lebow

¡Documentary Now! 2013 Conference Organiser

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