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Media Collection categories

Youth

Films made by, with and for young people

Kidsploitation Films about young people in cities – often with time on their hands
Young Eyes Life viewed through young people’s eyes
Teen Soapbox Teens share their opinions
Teen Drama Homemade dramas mostly made by teens and young people

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Memories

Films made of personal and collective memories

Memory Prompts Using objects and buildings to explore the past
Remembering Communism Remembering the legacy of the Soviet Union in today’s Europe
Remembering War Films looking at the legacy of conflict, fighting and borders.

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Watching Places

Films documenting places and the people who live in them

Watching the city Little glimpses of life in the city by day and night.
Watching the countryside Living in the European countryside
Watching small towns Portraits of places and people who live there

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Social Struggles

The frontlines and faultlines of politics and power

Urban Change How cities are changed, what is lost and gained. Top down, bottom up
Chomsky’s Filters Revealing and subverting agendas in everyday media
The European Crisis Experiences of Europe’s Economic Crisis
Authoritarianism Films about oppression, exclusion and exploitation.
Civic Complaints Films providing a way to complain about urban life
Poverty People living on the margins.
Protests Films documenting European protests since 2011

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Identities & Interests

Experiences of individuals and groups with whom they identify

Ageing Society Europe’s aging populations
Migrant Experiences Films about their feelings, struggles and dilemmas.
The Roma Windows on the Roma in Europe.
Disablism Films that touch on being significantly physically and mentally different to the norm
Liberating Women Talking about women, their rights, perceptions and representations
Labels for people Films about created and imposed identities.
Hybrid Identity People and places reconciling two established identities

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Everyday Life

Documenting people at work, at play and in love

Transgressions Films about skating, rebellion and breaking conventions
Love Love, intimacy and its price with people, places and animals.
Pleasure People finding pleasure in hobbies, music and gardens.
Work Snapshots of people at work
Community Films about volunteering and communities supporting themselves

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Moods

Videos to feel more than read

Vibes Videos that don’t seem to be about much specifically but create a strong ‘mood’
Dreamstates Dreamy films and surreal stories.

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Other channels

DNN projects
About Doc Next Network Project trailers, making of, interviews and other promo materials.
Radical Democracy Video Challenge. Showcase of the 30 finalists.
Remapping Europe: a Remix Project. 46 videos

Guest curators
María Yáñez curates: The Ones That Stay. 10 videos
Necati Sonmez curates: Resist to Exist. 10 videos
Edwin Bendyk curates: Respect, appreciation, solidarity. 10 videos

Videos to #ReclaimTheCommons
Poland: Opening the heart of the city  15 videos
Turkey: Making the city liveable 21 videos
UK: Finding a home in the city  21 videos
Spain: Taking back the city 16 videos

We also follow some of the hubs’ channels, like Gezi MODE, that appears in our Channels list.

DNN has also used groups to gather content related to different projects, such as Remapping Europe and Radical Democracy Video Contest or even the whole DNN Media Collection. These groups are open to external members and are moderated by DNN.

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Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons

A new project seeks to amplify the message of local struggles between citizens and urbanisation processes in Poland, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

The world seems to be flooded by an unending wave of indignation and political unrest. The media sphere extends beyond the printed press and television news, into our personalised social networks, evoking a constant stream of images: fluctuating markets, stagnating economies, vibrant multitudes, insurgent violence. It is all too overwhelming to take in, as the simultaneity of events reduces voices to indistinguishable frequencies in a wall of noise. It’s as if anything can spark widespread revolt, like a park in Istanbul, a squat in Barcelona, or the price of a metro ticket in Rio de Janeiro.

The Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons project tunes out the broader context of global unrest and tunes in to the local level at which the protests take place, so we may hear the common theme that binds them. That theme is citizens seeing their right to decide what kind of communities they want to live in denied by faceless processes far-removed from local reality, and certainly not accountable to it. As social ecologist Murray Bookchin once put it, “city space, with its human propinquity, distinctive neighbourhoods and humanly scaled politics—like rural space, with its closeness to nature, its high sense of mutual aid and its strong family relationships—is being absorbed by urbanisation, with its smothering traits of anonymity, homogenisation, and institutional gigantism.”

In the midst of the wildcat general strikes and decentralised occupations that defined May 1968 in France, the sociologist Henri Lefèbvre wrote that these types of protests were claiming peoples’ “right to the city”, which he defined as a demand for “a transformed and renewed access to urban life”.

In more recent years, David Harvey has revived the concept, writing that:

“The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right, since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power to reshape the processes of urbanisation.”

These concepts, together with the understanding that protest is fundamentally a form of caring for our communities, are what guide Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons. With support from the Open Society Initiative for Europe and the European Cultural Foundation, the project highlights and empowers social agents who are proposing radical changes in the way society participates in common spaces. These social agents come from Poland, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The goal of Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons is to increase the visibility of their local struggles and maximise their social impact using the networked medialabs of the Doc Next Network to produce socially engaged media with a lasting impact on public debates.

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Poland: Opening the heart of the city

In the heart of Warsaw, tucked away in the lush green tangles where John Lennon Street meets Jazdów, lies a community of small rural houses. Established by the USSR in 1945 as a part of Finnish war reparations, they form an enticing island of tranquility in the capital’s urban landscape, and a living monument to the city’s 20th century history. Yet in recent years, city officials have decided that they would rather replace this area with the glass skyscrapers so typical of large city centres. In response to this, social activists responded by organising Otwarty Jazdów (Open Jazdów), a grassroots initiative that includes current and former Jazdów residents, community organizations, local activists and young politicians trying to stop the demolition of the houses by promoting Jazdow as a common space for the city’s inhabitants. It is a process that is similar to what activists are doing in the neglected, formerly industrial Ursus district. Starting in 2012, people in this district have been organising actions that criticise the urban decay it has been subjected to, informing the public of residents’ unmet needs and promoting the district’s history through the bottom-up creation of a Social Museum. As each of these campaigns uses the institutional and grassroots tools at their disposal in their disputes with city officials, Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons will help amplify their message so that they can achieve their goals.

Turkey: Making the city liveable

The neoliberal city is the motor of Erdogan’s Turkey. Its booming economy is the result of a massive construction bubble fed by mega-projects operating on a city- and even country-wide scale, and the increasing surveillance and repression of dissent are constant reminders of the authoritarian impulse behind this urbanisation. It is a transformation that is having profoundly inegalitarian results, with middle-class flight into gated communities, deteriorating public facilities and increasing insecurity in the streets beyond the gates. In these circumstances, making the city liveable can be a form of dissent. Sokak Bizim (“Streets Belong to Us”) is an NGO focused on human-centred cities and streets in Istanbul, which they engage from the perspective of pedestrians, cyclists, children, elderly and disabled people. They are best known for their “Streets Belong to Us Once a Month” events, in which they transform lifeless spaces subsumed by the functionality of neoliberal urbanisation into festive ones, to promote community-building activities and create common spaces for citizens. Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons intends to amplify Sokak Bizim’s message through the work of its networked medialabs and interaction with the other local hubs.

United Kingdom: Finding a home in the city

In London, urbanisation is pricing citizens further and further away from the places they called home. Housing prices have soared recently by up to 20% from one year to another, yet nearly 12% of residents have too few rooms in their dwellings for the number of people living in them. As waiting lists for council housing grow endless, council housing itself is being privatised along with social housing. Though some policymakers and urbanists consider this to be just another part of a process of “urban regeneration”, many citizens are fed up with their powerlessness and the lack of rights for renters. In some cases, they have begun to organise and disobey. In Hackney, squatters occupied the Central Police Station citing that they simply could not find affordable housing. And many of the squatters who occupied Carpenters Estate in the fall of 2014 cited a lack of social housing as the motive behind their occupation. As London’s housing and renters’ rights movement progresses, Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons seeks to both champion and connect London’s often disparate tenants organisations, and respond to the city’s increasingly polarised housing market.

Spain: Taking back the city

For the last several years, Spain has been a laboratory for bottom-up organisation and empowerment. The 15M movement that began in 2011 not only managed to set the political agenda by framing the euro crisis and austerity as contrary to democratic principles, but also generate countless neighbourhood assemblies and amplify pre-existing assembly-based movements, such as the multicoloured mareas (tides) for social rights and the Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (the PAH or Mortgage Victims’ Platform). However, the ability of these movements to gather support from the vast majority of the country’s population did not translate to much in the way of institutional change, despite their efforts to use all of the formal mechanisms at their disposal. As people grew increasingly frustrated with the indifference of the political class, many began to perceive an institutional glass ceiling. Thus, 2014 saw the emergence of new electoral experiments that not only spoke the language of the post-2011 social movements, but also contained some of their most familiar faces. This is especially true in the case of Guanyem (Catalan for “Let’s Win”) Barcelona and Ganemos (Spanish for “Let’s Win”) Madrid, municipal candidacies composed of prominent activists, community organisations and some political parties, which seek to activate citizen control in Spain’s two largest cities through a bottom-up politics of proximity and direct democratic practices. Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons will document this process as experienced by the ordinary citizens it engages.

Over the coming months, Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons will act as a microphone for the voices involved in all of these local struggles. By doing so, and by offering a common framework for interpreting what these apparently local struggles mean at a more global level, the project hopes to lower the volume on the noise that currently dominates the media sphere to offer the clarity needed to take steps towards making radical democracy a common reality.

Radical Democracy Stories | Failections

In May 2004 ten countries joined the EU in a spirit of hope, solidarity and expectation. We had left the Cold War days behind us and things were looking up for a united Europe. Ten years on this bright picture is tainted by renewed tensions, economic crises, austerity cuts, high unemployment and rising xenophobia. Who is to blame? In the category Failections, media makers took on their politicians and leaders – and with gusto.

Lucía Muñoz can hardly be blamed for apathy: in I HAVE A PLAN, this feisty lady is ready to kick some ass.

Lucía Muñoz can hardly be blamed for apathy: in I HAVE A PLAN, this feisty lady is ready to kick some ass.

Slovenian collective Today Is a New Day for example, mimicked the words of their so-called leaders in(S)LAUGHTER. ‘People should take responsibility for their own opinions. Words are deeds and they create realities. The words our leaders speak are often downright offensive, hostile, arrogant, and, well, quite silly.’ Dutch Stéphane Kaas made a campaign video for the PARTY AGAINST CITIZENS: ‘Finally, a politician doesn’t make any hollow promises and tells the public the truth.’

Hungarian collective Hello90 ironically adresses the perceived superficiliaty of young people in DON’T VOTE UNDER 25! According to them, ‘our generation may seem to lack interest in politics but it is because political campaigns and decision-makers don’t address us.’ On the other hand, Lucía Muñoz can hardly be blamed for apathy: in I HAVE A PLAN, this feisty lady is ready to kick some ass. Says Lucía: ‘We believe in parody as a way to communicate the really awful message that advertising and media represent. Through humor, we deconstruct those messages. Because laughter is important in every healthy revolution!’

Meanwhile Polish quartet Agata, Anna, Mateusz and Piotr found the solution to failing politicians everywhere: ‘We are the generation of transformation, one that increasingly sees politicians as selfish buffoons. Is there a way of making politics that could satisfy us?’ Meet BOXER, a perfect candidate!

For these and more Failections films about the sorry state of European politics and alternatives, go to the Videos section and click on the ‘Failections’ button.

About this project

Naema Tahir and Juan Luis Sánchez in Eye!

In collaboration with the Eye, Doc Next Network and the European Cultural Foundation present a conversation around ‘Media and Democracy’ with Naema Tahir, a human rights lawyer based in the Netherlands and the Spanish Deputy Director of eldiario.es and journalist Juan Luis Sánchez.

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Naema Tahir, human rights lawyer

During the conversation, the publication ‘Remixing Europe: migrants, media, representation and imagery’ of which Juan Luis Sánchez is one of the authors, is presented to the public. The conversation is in English and led by Katherine Watson, Director of the European Cultural Foundation.  The conversation takes place prior to live cinema show €urovisions is a performance by the young collective of media artists from Poland, Spain, Turkey and the UK: European Souvenirs.

The evening is supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Stichting for Media & Democratie. The Doc Next Network was set up in 2010 by the European Cultural Foundation with the aim to generate access to wider public opinion.

Juan Luis Sánchez, Spanish Deputy Director of eldiario.es and journalist

Juan Luis Sánchez, Spanish Deputy Director of eldiario.es and journalist

20 May / 19.15 / Eye Film Institute Amsterdam. Buy a ticket or Get a press ticket.

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Voorafgaand aan de show presenteren ECF en Doc Next Network de publicatie Remixing Europe – Migrants, Media, Representation and Imagery. Remixing Europe richt zich op vier dwingende case studies van recente media incidenten, die de basis vormen voor een analyse van lokale, culturele en historische verbanden in Polen, Turkije, Spanje en Groot-Britannië die de publieke opinie over migranten beïnvloeden.

ECF directeur Katherine Watson zal het boek presenteren in een gesprek over media en democratie met de Britse-Nederlandse-Pakistaanse mensenrechten advocaat en schrijver Naema Tahir en de Spaanse journalist, oprichter van eldiario.es en co-auteur van Remixing Europe, Juan Luis Sánchez.

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Radical Democracy Video Challenge: Award Ceremony + Screening

On May 18, the ten best videos of Radical Democracy: European Video Challenge 2014 will be screened at the Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland – in the heart of Europe. The Award Ceremony marks the highlight of the Radical Democracy Challenge, which was launched three months ago.

Finalist #6: THE TREES OF GEZI by Italo Rondinella amongst others. It's Gezi through the eyes of 10-year old Selma.

Finalist #6: THE TREES OF GEZI by Italo Rondinella amongst others. It’s Gezi through the eyes of 10-year old Selma.

On February 17, Doc Next Network called on media makers, social activists and critical thinkers to take a stand: to share their views on ‘Europe’, reflect on alternatives, and create new narratives for an open society. A total of 212 media makers from across Europe responded and submitted their work.  (more…)

Free Masterclass “The making of €urovisions”

The Making of €urovisions – A Free masterclass on Remix and Live Cinema by the international artists’ collective European Souvenirs
Are you an arts student? Are you interested in remix culture and techniques, Live Cinema performance, expanded documentary and audiovisual culture?

Find out what happens when four artists from different backgrounds and countries come together to research and use existing audiovisual archives to produce a live cinema experience. What is the collaborative and creative process they go through? What tools do they use?

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Want to know more about different techniques for multiscreening, sampling and more? Want to find out about composing and performing live music while tackling the difficult topic of how migrants are shown in the mainstream media in Europe?

€urovisions is a Live Cinema performance that encompasses all of that. The Spanish online newspaper El Diario, wrote this about the €urovisions premiere in Seville last month, “It isn’t cinema, a concert or a live broadcast. This sum of many parts is quite incomprehensible until you find yourself in front of it.”

4ab96479606d46953da229d7df5fd5bd.jpegWe see pictures of migrants from news footage, illustrating rhetoric about the political and economic causes and pre-assumed effects of migration – but what are these people’s names? Why are they here? What are their own personal stories?

The show is produced in collaboration with the Spanish collective Zemos98 and Chris Allen and Tim Cowie, artists of The Light Surgeons, the renowned UK-based live cinema group.

The Dutch premiere of €urovisions will take place at the Eye Film Institute in Amsterdam on 20 May. You can attend for free. And if you can’t make it in person, the show will also be streamed live on ECF’s website.

You are also invited to join the special European Souvenirs artists’ masterclass on the 22 May to find out more about the complexity of the processes of an international collaboration and live cinema performance. During this informal masterclass, the artists will be happy to share their experiences and enter into a dialogue with participants!

To get your free ticket for the premiere and to join the masterclass, please register your interest by sending an email with the title “masterclass” to this address: masterclass@culturalfoundation.eu. Please be aware there are only 25 places available for the masterclass – and these are available on a first come, first served basis.

Prior to the €urovisions performance, you can also join the launch of the bookRemixing Europe: migrants, media, representation and imagery. This will include a conversation about the role of media in democracy, with Naema Tahir, a human rights lawyer based in the Netherlands and the Spanish Deputy Director of El Diario and contributor to the book, Juan Luis Sánchez.

The €urovisions premiere, the presentation of Remixing Europe: migrants, media, representation and imagery and the masterclass are supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Stichting Democratie en Media.

€urovisions is part of Remapping Europe – a Remix Project, an investigative artistic project by Doc Next Network with activities that stem from one underlying principle: re-mixing of media as a method to re-view, re-investigate and re-consider prevailing imagery of migrants in European societies. The Doc Next Network was set up in 2010 by ECF with the aim of generating access to wider public opinion. 

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European Souvenirs in London!

European Souvenirs is going to be performed at the BFI ‘s Future Film Festival on Friday 21st February at 15:00. The festival is aimed at 15-25 year olds, so if you’re in London come and see us!

1ds6rT0The BFI Future Film Festival returns with an exciting line-up of events and screenings, to help media-makers develop their own unique pathway into the world of film. Each day will have a different focus (fiction, animation and documentary) and you can expect in-depth masterclasses, hands on workshops, screenings of the best new films by young, emerging filmmakers and inspirational Q&As.

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Screen Shot 2013-07-07 at 9.35.02 AMA epic live-cinema performance through time and history, combining live music, DJs, VJs, animation and archive footage; an audio-visual spectacle not to be missed. Created by the Doc Next Network with 5 young European artists over several months, with residentials in Istanbul, Seville, Amsterdam and Warsaw and support from a range of tutors including Toni Serra and Chris Allen of The Light Surgeons.

Acción Cultural EspañolaEuropean Souvenirs at the BFI Future Film Festival is with the special support of Acción Cultural Española.

Wanted: Communications Coordinator for “Radical Democracy for Europe”.

Implemented by Doc Next Network, “Radical Democracy for Europe” is a project that seeks to engage digital media makers in Europe -via the audio-visual works they create- to express their opinions and to take part in an inclusive public discourse around elections-related topics, such as radical democracy, civic engagement and political participation.

We are looking to temporary hire a communications coordinator for this project.

The first and most imminent phase of the project, the “European Elections 2014 – Call For Videos”, is designed as a campaign to raise awareness around the European Parliament elections to be held in May 2014.
The call aims to collect and share ‘socially and politically engaged’ videos that capture the views of both professional and Do-It-Yourself media makers on what living in Europe means and how ‘democracy’ is perceived on local, national and European levels – by instigating a debate where social/cultural communities, citizens and civil society in Europe are involved.

The questions to be tackled in the project are:
What does democracy mean? How can the notion of radical democracy be communicated and incorporated in our lives? What are the changes we would like to see in our societies? What are the values and goals that are needed to bring about these changes? What is prosperity, welfare, growth? How can they be achieved? How is power distributed, how shall it be distributed? What role do national and European level elections play, how can they be enhanced? How can the local communities be heard and engaged in decision-making processes? What role can and shall the citizens and civil society play?

Profile of the Communications Coordinator

For this project, we are looking for a Communications Coordinator, who:

  • handles main tasks related to communications and pr strategy of the project on an international level in a collaborative effort with the project team: develops the online/offline communications and pr strategy; identifies and liaises with organizations, platforms and networks in Europe to disseminate the call and all project activities on an international level; creates the content for online/offline communication materials;
  • has good knowledge and access to European-wide networks of culture and media organizations and civil society;
  • has proven excellent English (speaking and writing) skills;
  • has excellent communications and social media skills (especially main platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) + command over social media tool;
  • has knowledge about open and free culture approaches and is familiar with Creative Commons licenses, digital content, etc. 
  • is enthusiastic and has an open and curious approach;
  • can attend meetings, trainings and other events throughout the project, with frequent travel in different countries in Europe.

The Communications Coordinator might work in a team effort with a Communications Officer, who can provide assistance in the design and implementation of social media strategies. 

How to apply

Please send a motivation letter + CV on or before 5 January 2014 to rde@docnextnetwork.org with the subject:  RDE Communications Coordinator. (Please indicate the contact or platform that directed you to this notification). The complete activities plan will be shared on request.

Remapping Europe showcase at Human Doc Review in Lublin

“Human development is a process of enlarging people’s choices. The most critical ones are to lead a long and healthy life, to be educated and to enjoy a decent standard of living. Additional choices include political freedom, guaranteed human rights and self respect.”

This quote from the Human Development Report is used by the HumanDOC International Documentary Film Festival, where a selection of Doc next films is screened in December.

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We contiunue screening Remapping Europe remix works in partnership with many international festivals and events. Between 12 – 15 December, yet another showcase is hosted by Polish partner Homo Faber association. A selection of 10 videos from Poland, Turkey, Spain and UK will be shown at the Human Doc Review. The local edition of this festival is organized in Lublin, a city in Poland close to the border of the Ukraine. The screening will be accompained by Amnesty International’s Letter Writing Marathon.

Homo Faber is a Lublin NGO working in the field of human rights. The organisation’s main interest is the relation between an individual and the authorities. One of Homo Faber’s aims is to constructively monitor whether the authorities effectively fulfil their duties, and whether they respect human rights and freedom. The association acts on behalf of minority groups; it confronts all kinds of discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, skin colour, religion, language, age and sexual orientation.

Read more about the main edition of Human Doc International Film Festival and Homo Faber.

 

 

Lab MODE showcases at Which Human Rights? Film Festival

MODE Istanbul organizes two showcases of selected Doc Next and Lab MODE media works at the 5th Which Human Rights Film Festival to be held in Istanbul between December 14th and 18th, 2013.

Launched in 2009 on the occasion of the Human Rights Day, the Which Human Rights? Film Festival carried out by the Documentarist team celebrates its 5th edition between 14-18 December 2013. The festival showcases films from all around the world that deal with human rights issues, and the main theme of this year’s program is “resistance”. Audiences can download the full program of the festival here.

As part of this year’s festival program, MODE Istanbul will host two showcases of selected Doc Next and Lab MODE works: The first showcase Remapping Europe “Migration Stories” will be held on the 14th of December at 15:00 in SALT Beyoğlu. A 75-min selection of remixes completed at the Remapping Europe Creative Remix Ateliers by participants from Turkey, UK, Spain and Poland will be presented to the audiences.

The second showcase Lab MODE “Gezi Stories” will be held on 16th of December at 19:00 in Aynalı Geçit. The screening will include a selection of media works created as part of the Gezi (Media) Lab, launched at the onset of the protests to provide a space for young people to explore the Gezi Spirit and to produce new media works, individually and collectively. Gezi Lab was organized as part of the Lab MODE program, which includes various long-term projects and media labs of MODE Istanbul including Remapping Europe activities. 

A talk with the media makers will be held following each screening.

Read more about the screenings and selected works.