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The Invisible City

Photography by Andrej Vasilenko

How does documentary film differ from other types of film? What cultural and political insights does it provide? What aesthetic revolutions could it provoke? What sort of changes in social vision could it aspire to? How entertaining can it be?

An LIDF workshop is also a conversation; collaborative and non-didactic. Its aim to produce practical knowledge, rich insights and creatively satisfying outcomes. Throughout great emphasis is placed on dialogue, teamwork and critical feedback. To achieve these goals the workshops combine theory and practice and they rely upon the range of skills evident in our committed and enthusiastic trainers. The workshops aim to be clear and focused geared towards meaningful and satisfying outcomes for all.


London in Motion – Term 2

Venue: SOAS

7 March 2020 8:00 am

London in Motion continues with a term dedicate to the shooting and editing of more films followed by a screening event at the end of term.

Film has a unique capacity to reveal the personal, anonymous, and collective routines of daily life in cities. This workshop is a mixture of theory and practice with special emphasis on new migration/refugees, urban studies, cityscapes. The films produced by the workshop will be screened by the LIDF, SOAS and the University of London Institute in Paris. 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. We choose film as a tool because it has a unique capacity to reveal the personal, anonymous, and collective routines of daily life in cities.

We will focus on the experiences and impact of refugees and new immigration: How has London changed its looks and appearances, how have refugees and new migration altered everyday life in (some parts of) the city, how do refugees and new migrants live, work, and move in and through the city, and what is their own experience and perception of living in a global city like London?

Through the documentary workshop we want to explore the idea that there are different (but also similar and overlapping) parallel ‘Londons’: immigrants inhabit and imagine London in their own manner, creating specific networks and mental maps of the city, and interacting with other Londoners in culturally specific ways.

Dates: 18th January to 14th March 2020.


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