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Visualising Compelling and Powerful Messages on Refugees and Displacement through Short Impact Documentaries

Norwegian Refugee Council/London International Documentary Festival and SOAS jointly host a one day workshop on:

Visualising Compelling and Powerful Messages on Refugees and Displacement through Short Impact Documentaries

Context

Based on figures released in June 2018 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), by the end of 2017, an unprecedented 68.5 million have forcibly left their homes with at least 25.4 million having left their country of birth and therefore considered refugees. Over recent years, the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe has, in particular, generated attention among the public and in general, sources of information are predominantly derived from local and national media and campaigns. There are many displacement situations around the world that receive more coverage and awareness than others. In addition, protracted displacement which involves those who have sought refuge in host countries for decades can slip off the list of attention and become neglected.

NGOs and other international organisations involved in providing response and services to refugees and displaced populations are increasingly turning to visual products to bring the issues to the forefront, promote their work and share powerful and compelling messages across to various target audiences on a wide scale.  However, the direct voices of refugees themselves are not always easily or readily accessible often enough.

This challenge is recognised by organisations involved, particularly those on the ground who are in regular contact with displaced populations.  They witness first-hand the hardships refugees endure as well as the heartwarming, success stories encountered.  Such content needs to be developed into engaging visual products for widespread awareness raising among the general public, influencers, decision and policy makers.  Acknowledgment of this fact has therefore further raised demand for video and film production within the humanitarian and development sector.

At the same time, it is crucial to consider that film production can be highly costly and time intensive. Therefore engagement with and commissioning documentary producers and film makers requires well-thought through planning with a clear pathway from A to Z of the processes.  Sharp and key messages need to be adequately – and powerfully – translated onto the screen and into the hearts and minds of their audiences. New technology and democratised access to digital media have also impacted strategies that seek to heighten global awareness of refugee related issues. Such tools are integral to efforts seeking to inspire empathy, political engagement, social activism, donor funding and charitable giving.

Documentary film production for humanitarian and development actors therefore consists of two main objectives:

It can educate and raise awareness like few other forms of media, also serving as an evidence-based resource.

Through targeted content creation and messaging – in both feature and short films – and through the high viewership  it seeks to reach, it significantly contributes towards mobilising engagement, empathy and understanding as well as grassroots influence towards inspiring changes in perception and action.

The one day workshop will address the following issues:

  • Refugees in host countries; with a focus on Afghan refugees in Iran
  • Working with children – ethics, protection risks and security
  • Social impact documentary films
  • The working relationship between NGOs and filmmakers
  • Strategic planning and outreach for audience engagement
  • Impact measurement and empirical analysis

Objectives

1. Raising awareness of key stakeholders – policy makers; donors and other actors from the humanitarian and development sector and the general public in the UK about:

  • The critical importance of providing essential services such as access to education for displaced children and best practice examples;
  • Voices from the displaced.

2. Enabling exchanges and discussions on the role of visualisation tools – such as video production that organisations can use to share information on the plight of refugees (how it can enable organisations to bring displaced/refugees’ voices to the forefront).

3. Examine experiences and best practice for ‘impact documentaries’ with particular attention to strategic planning, social media strategy, and impact assessment.

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee.  With headquarters in Oslo, Norway they work in 32 countries where they help save lives and rebuild futures.  NRC has been present in Iran since 2012 and implements projects in nine provinces.  Through their solid technical expertise and specific sectorial knowledge in education, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, information, counselling and legal assistance, livelihoods and food security, they provide assistance to an increasing number of displaced Afghans in Iran and their host communities.  In 2018, their projects reached 74,834 individuals.

 

Filmmaking for Social Change, Barcelona

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At Soho House, Barcelona

Born in Gambia, dir. Natxo Leuza (27 min)
Ebrahim, dir. Elliott Mckee (28 min)

Filmmaking for Social Change, Pamplona

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In the first of a series of events the LIDF, together with Spanish artist Mikel Belascoain, have curated a short festival of documentaries and debates on the theme of refugees. The festival will take place in Pamplona, Spain, from the 7th February to the 8th February.

Programme

Thursday 7th – 19:00 – 21:00

Born in Gambia | Natxo Leuza | 2018 | Spain | 27 min
Love | Raul de la Fuente | 2018 | Spain | 30 min
Access to Education for Afghan Children in Iran | Zohreh Arsanjoon | 2018 | Iran/Norway/Germany | 15min

Friday 8th – 19:00 -21:00

Ebrahim | Elliott McKee | 2018 | Germany/New Zealand | 28min
Calais Children | Sue Clayton | 2017 | United Kingdom | 60 min
Sea Angels | Simone Gandolfo | 2018 | Italy | 25min

London in Motion: Urban Documentary Film Workshop

Run in conjunction with our new partner SOAS the workshop is designed to be a mixture of theory and practice with special emphasis on refugees, urban theory, cityscapes, and new migration. The workshop will produce 10 short films. During the workshop students will learn to apply the basic principles and tools of documentary film making to research/project needs.

This is an experimental course. It aims to examine how ‘thinking’ with, and ‘through’, images can produce insight with regard to certain anthropological and sociological questions. In the process deepening the medium’s analytical power and enhancing its audience reception. To this end we will examine how a range of media may be utilised to produce rich insights and creatively satisfying outcomes. Together we will develop short narratives about contemporary London. Great emphasis will be placed throughout on teamwork, and critical feedback.

For more info: https://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/london-in-motion

London in Motion: Urban Documentary Film Workshop

Run in conjunction with our new partner SOAS the workshop is designed to be a mixture of theory and practice with special emphasis on refugees, urban theory, cityscapes, and new migration. The workshop will produce 10 short films. During the workshop students will learn to apply the basic principles and tools of documentary film making to research/project needs.

This is an experimental course. It aims to examine how ‘thinking’ with, and ‘through’, images can produce insight with regard to certain anthropological and sociological questions. In the process deepening the medium’s analytical power and enhancing its audience reception. To this end we will examine how a range of media may be utilised to produce rich insights and creatively satisfying outcomes. Together we will develop short narratives about contemporary London. Great emphasis will be placed throughout on teamwork, and critical feedback.

For more info: https://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/london-in-motion

 

Official Selection LIDF18

2 Angels | Ramazi Baranov | 2018 | Russia/India | 8min 
World Premiere

13 Seconds | Milad Tangshir | 2018 | Iran | 10min
World Premiere

14.26 CEST | Florinda Ciucio | 2017 | Belgium | 15min
UK Premiere

Access to Education for Afghan Children in Iran | Zohreh Arsanjoon | 2017 | Iran/Norway/Germany | 15min
UK Premiere

A Foster Child’s Story (Itinéraire d’un enfant placé) | Ketty Rios Palma | 2017 | France | 55min
UK Premiere

A Girl from Ouessant (Une fille de Ouessant) | Eléonore Saintagnan | 2018 | Belgium/France | 27min
UK Premiere
Best International Short Film Award, Visions du Réel, Paris

A Journey in Search of Abul Arabi (رحلة البحث عن ابو العربي) | Akram Elbezzawy | 2017 | Egypt | 12min

Armindo and the Dark Chamber (Armindo e a Camara Escura) | Tânia Dinis | 2017 | Portugal | 20min
London Premiere

As We Dig (Kazarken) | Guldem Durmaz | 2016 | Belgium/France | 90min

Back to Genoa City (Retour à Genoa City) | Benoît Grimalt | 2017 | France | 29min
UK Premiere
Quinzaine des réalisateurs (Cannes 2017)

Coda | Sean Leonard | 2018 | UK | 5min
World Premiere

Doel | Frederik Sølberg | 2018 | Denmark | 70min
London Premiere

Ebrahim | Elliott McKee | 2018 | Germany/New Zealand | 28min
London Premiere

Enzo | Serena Porcher-Carli | 2017 | France | 7min
UK Premiere
Jury Prize, RISC International Festival Marseille

Es Confuso | Matthew Bernard | 2018 | USA | 5min 
UK Premiere

Forget Everything | Nastia Korkia | 2017 | Cuba | 5min
UK Premiere

Freedom Fighters | Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy | 2017 | Pakistan | 33min
International Premiere

Fukushima and the Bats (Fukushima und die Mopsfledermaus) | Philipp von Becker | 2015 | Germany | 82min
UK Premiere

Hanaa | Giuseppe Carrieri | 2017 | Italy | 82min
UK Premiere

I’m Writing to You, my Love (Pisze do Ciebie, kochanie) | Magdalena Szymkow | 2018 | Poland/Slovakia | 26min
UK Premiere

In the Woods (Ins Holz) | Thomas Horat & Corina Schwingruber Ilić | 2017 | Switzerland | 13min
Best Documentary Short, La Guarimba International Film Festival, Amantea, Calabria 
Premio del Pubblico – Vanga d’Oro, Corto e fieno, Festival del Cinema Rurale, Ameno
‘The Rock Award’, 15th Asiana International Short Film Festival, International Competition, Seoul
Premio Mejor Cortometraje Documental , Soria International Short Film Festival, Soria
Best Non-Fiction Film, Flensburger Kurzfilmtage, im Wettbewerb, Flensburg 
Special Jury Mention, Promofest Short of the Year! Madrid 
Honorable Mention, Minimalen Short Film Festival, Competition, Trondheim 
Winner Official Documentary Section, XVIII Festival Internacional de Cine de Lanzarote

Koka, the Butcher | Bence Máté | 2018 | Germany | 38min
Best Film, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, USA
Best Documentary, Boston Short Film Festival, USA
Audience Awards, Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival, Belgium

Life Here | Hossein Fatemian | 2018 | Iran | 27min
European Premiere

Meant to Be … (Il a fallu…) | Julie Lingaud | 2017 | France | 14min
European Premiere

Meeting (Takimi) | Durim Kryeziu | 2018 | Kosovo | 25min
UK Premiere

Melting Souls (NORILSK, L’étreinte de glace) | François-Xavier Destors | 2017 | France | 87min
UK Premiere

Move Freely | Wynn Holmes | 2018 | Canada | 9min 
Short Film Corner (Cannes Court Metrage), Cannes 

Nights Out | Li Gong | 2018 | UK | 15min
London Premiere

Outsiders (Fuori Campo) | Collettivo Melkanaa | 2017 | Italy | 72min
UK Premiere

Passing Tides | Roisin Burns | 2018 | UK | 10min
UK Premiere

Piazza Vittorio | Abel Ferrara | 2018 | Italy/USA | 75min
UK Premiere

Picking up the Pieces | Sebastian Feehan/Josh Bamford | 2018 | UK/British Virgin Islands | 7min
World Premiere

Reflections of a Syrian Artist | Linda McDonald Cairns | 2018 | Syria | 8min
World Premiere

Sarabande | Kaltrina Krasniqi | 2018 | Kosovo | 36min
UK Premiere

Some of these Days | Vincent Förster | Germany/UK | 16min
World Premiere

Soulkeeper (Pour pas etre seul sta) | Theo Hoch | 2018 | France | 10min
UK Premiere

The Disciples – A Street Opera | Ramón Gieling | 2018 | The Netherlands | 90min 
UK Premiere

The Jacket | Will Berry | 2018 | USA | 3min
World Premiere

The Letter Painter (De Letterschilder) | Mirjam van Veelen | 2017 | The Netherlands | 11min
European Premiere

The Strawberry Place (El lugar de las fresas) | Maite Vitoria Daneris | 2013 | Italy/Spain | 90min
UK Premiere
Best Documentary, Festival de Cine Documental de ALCANCES
Jury Grand Prize, Best Documentary, International Festival of Italian Cinema, Annecy
Best Documentary, SguardiAltrove Milan
Best Documentary, Torino Film Festival, Turin 2 Angels | Ramazi Baranov | 2018 | Russia/India | 8min 

The Strongest Man of Berlin | Felix S. Hoffmann | 2018 | Germany | 9min
London Premiere

The Woman Who Turns into a Castle | Kathrin Steinbacher | 2018 | Austria | 4min
UK Premiere

To be a Torero | Inma de Reyes | 2017 | Scotland | 14min
World Premiere

To Duration (Canto alla Durata) | Didi Gnocchi | 2017 | Italy | 48min
UK Premiere

Wajd – Songs of Seperation | Amar Chebib | 2018 | Canada | 87min 
European Premiere
Volunteer Choice Award, DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Wonderful Losers: A Different World (Nuostabieji lūzeriai. Kita planeta) | Arunas Matelis | 2017 | Lithuania | 71min
London Premiere
Best Documentary, Warsaw Film Festival
Grand-Prix for Best Documentary, Minsk Listapad Film Festival
Audience Award, Minsk Listapad Film Festival
Best Documentary, Trieste Film Festival

LIDF18 Opening Night

Abel Ferrara’s documentary ‘Piazza Vittorio’ (featuring Willem Dafoe) to open the LIDF18.

Piazza Vittorio is the biggest square in Rome. Both the square and the adjacent districts of the Esquiline stand out for the multiethnic variety of their inhabitants. Here, in fact, we find a range of ethnic groups from nearby and far away: Romans, Asians, North Africans and Indians who make the square and neighbourhood a lively place but at the same time one that is not easy to manage. Precisely because of its unique and colourful nature, many artists and other figures with ties to the world of cinema, like Matteo Garrone and Willem Dafoe, have chosen to make it their home. Among them is the great director Abel Ferrara, who has decided to portray this world from his own independent and poetic point of view, putting himself physically on the line in the production of the film. Out of this has come a surreal and neorealist picture of a day in the square’s life, with interviews with illegal and legal immigrants, tramps, artists, proprietors of businesses and politicians who give their personal accounts of the place. It is the portrait not just of a square, but of an Italy that is changing and that is trying at all costs to go down the road of integration, often underestimating the side effects.

Movies that made the jump from the silver screen to online casinos

No matter how silly and simple it may sound, entertainment is entertainment. Because of this fact, there has always been quite an overlap between different forms of entertainment. Movies and comic books get made into video games, and video games get made into comic books and movies. What is more, even the online casino business has had its fair share of slot machines that are based on blockbusters of today and of yesteryear. In this article, we will take a look at some of the most popular transitions from the silver screen to online casinos.

Terminator 2

We are guessing that Arnold Schwarzenegger (also known as the Governator nowadays) had no clue that one of his major starring roles in 1991 would become an actual online casino hit. It definitely took some time for the industry giant Microgaming to capitalise on the franchise as the Terminator 2 slot was released a whopping 23 years after the actual movie hit the theatres. Of course, with Arnold being as well-known today as he used to be during the peak of his movie career, we cannot really fault any company for taking advantage of the nostalgia of his legendary movie. You can even trigger the T-800 vision here for some major cash!

Jumanji

Granted, the first Jumanji movie was released already back in 1995. Still, we have a feeling that the Jumanji slot was mostly inspired by the sequel that came out in 2017, starring, for example, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. This crazy jungle slot hosts a plethora of cool features with the most impressive one of them being the ability to actually roll some dice and play the Jumanji board game. We have rarely seen casino games with such elaborate bonus features that are perfectly aligned with the source material, no less!

Planet of the Apes

Is it not funny how so many nostalgic movies are being remade nowadays? For one reason or another, people just love reminiscing about the old days. As a result, reviving an old movie franchise is a fine way of letting the marketing take care of itself. Such is the case with the 1968 (!) movie Planet of the Apes, which has seen plenty of movie adaptations already. It was only at the end of 2017, however, when NetEnt released their huge online casino hit titled simply Planet of the Apes. This game is based on the two modern movies Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and really pays quite a homage to the movies with its many clips from the 20th Century Fox films.

There you have it, folks! It is for certain that even more online casino slots, make the jump in the coming months and years! You can gain a deeper insight in the world of movie themed casino games at http://dreamzcasino.com/slots/. Perhaps we will even start seeing more of the newer franchises featured at online casinos as well?

Callum Innes Exposed and Persona, Primary Structures + Q&A

28 March, 18.00, 11 Rue de Constantine, Paris, France, 75007

Gautier Deblonde | 2017 | Scotland/France | 12

Callum Innes, born in 1962, is one of the most important Scottish minimalist painters of his generation. His paintings are created through a process of addition and subtraction, sometimes removing sections of paint from the canvases surface with turpentine. Filmed during 5 days, in silent sequence shots, we see the artist at work, in the solitude of his studio.

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Mikel Belascoain & Miguel Goni Aguinaga | 2017 | Spain | 39 | Spanish w/ English sub-titles

‘Persona’ is a documentary film directed by the Spanish artist Mikel Belascoain and the photographer Miguel Goñi Aguinaga. This movie has been filmed during the process of creation. A work inspired by the dialogue between the artist and people who suffer severe neurological diseases. This film is part of the experimental project of the same name initiated by Manuel Murie, Neurologist and President of the Spanish Society of Neuro-rehab and the artist Mikel Belascoain.

+ Q&A with directors Mikel Belascoain & Miguel Goni Aguinaga

 

‘Who’s Afraid of Julia Kristeva?’ + Q&A with Julia Kristeva

Iskra Angelova | 2017 | Bulgaria | 83 | French w/ English sub-titles

21st March, 18.00, University of London Institute in Paris, 11 Rue de Constantine, 75007

1966. Bulgaria is still behind the Iron Curtain. Julia Kristeva – a young and smart student – goes to Paris on a scholarship from the French government. There she finds herself among the cream of the French intelligentsia, where she meets the leader of the movement Tel Quel, Philippe Sollers. The two instantly fall in love and marry. She begins to work with Claude Lévi-Strauss, Jacques Derrida, Lucien Goldmann, Roland Barthes and Jacques Lacan. Iskra Angelova’s film tells the story of a successful and controversial figure – psychoanalyst, linguist, semiotician, philosopher and feminist.

+ Q&A with Julia Kristeva

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