Events 2010

DocAsia: non-fiction films from the Indian subcontinent

29 – 31 October

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Mobilefest London presented by FILMOBILE

in collaboration with The Centre for Production and Research of Documentary Film of the University of Westminster (CPRD) and the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology

The 4th international forum on Mobile Creativity and Innovation, the Mobilefest London presented by FILMOBILE will take place at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in London on Friday the 24th September 2010 at 5pm. The event is scheduled for three hours and will feature a live web-broadcast and roundtable discussion of international participants in São Paulo and London.

Date: 24 September 2010, 17:00 – 20:00


  • London – Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (106 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NL, 4 min walk from Green Park tube station)
  • São Paulo – MIS Museu da Imagem e do Som

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Live-web broadcast 17:00 – 20:00

Participants for round-table discussion London:

  • Dr Adam Kossoff (Filmmaker, University of Wolverhampton)
  • Camille Baker (Artist, SMART Lab)
  • Dr Chris Fry (Artist, University of Westminster)
  • Eloise Villez (MA History of Film and Visual Media, Birkbeck University)
  • Professor Joram Ten Brink (Filmmaker, Director CPRD)
  • Julia Kazarina (HeARTbeat Festival Yekaterinburg, Russia)
  • Kasia Molga (Artist, Designer, Limkokwing University)
  • Max Schleser (FILMOBILE, Mobile filmmaker, Limkokwing University)
  • Raymond Tan (Photographer, MA London School of Communication)
  • Sylvie Prasad (Photographer, University of East London)
  • Waiming (Multimedia Producer, Unit 9)

The event is followed by a screening of selected mobile films curated by FILMOBILE and a drinks reception in the Limkokwing Gallery.


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Travelling Film South Asia 2010

Twelve Outstanding Documentaries from Our Region

Film South Asia (FSA) announces Travelling Film South Asia 2010 (TFSA ’10)—12 Outstanding Documentaries from Our Region. These films have been selected from the 35 films screened in the competitive section of Film South Asia ’09, the seventh edition of the festival of Southasian documentaries held in Kathmandu from 17-20 October 2009. The selection has been carried out in consultation with FSA ’09’s three-member jury, chaired by Chennai-based cultural critic Sadanand Menon.

Date: 29th – 30th October 2010

Venue: Old Cinema, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW

Further Information on booking to follow soon


The twelve films of TFSA ’10:

  • Afghan Girls Can Kick (50’), UK, 2007, dir. Bahareh Hosseini (The girls do kick well.)
  • The Battle for Pakistan (40’), Pakistan, 2009, dir. Maheen Zia (Do extremism and madrassas converge?)
  • Come to My Country: Journeys with Kabir and Friends (98’), India, 2008, dir. Shabnam Virmani (Unlikely bonds in quest for Kabir’s ‘country’)
  • Children of God (89’), Nepal’, 2008, dir. Yi Seung-jun (The kids of the Aryaghat cremation grounds.)
  • In Search of the Riyal (86’), Nepal, 2009, dir. Kesang Tseten (Deep study of Nepali migrants in the Gulf.)
  • The Last Rites (17’), Bangladesh, 2008, dir. Yasmine Kabir (Where the ships go to die. Winner of the Ram Bahadur Trophy for Best Film at FSA ’09)
  • Mayomi (50’), Sri Lanka, 2008, dir. Carol Salter (Post-tsunami, she struggles for her family.)
  • Out of Thin Air (50’), India, 2009, dir. Samreen Farooqui & Shabani Hassanwalia (The high energy of Ladaki cinema.)
  • The Promised Land (90’), Bangladesh, 2008, dir. Tanvir Mokammel (Stigma still haunts ‘Biharis’ in Dhaka. Joint Winner of the Second Best Film Award at FSA ’09)
  • Saamam (The Music) (42’), India, 2009, dir. Ramachandran K (Homage to Carnatic music and M D Ramanathan.)
  • The Salt Stories (84’), India, 2008, dir. Lalit Vachani (Following Gandhi’s salt march in our time. Joint Winner of the Second Best Film Award at FSA ’09)
  • The Way of the Road (60’), Nepal, 2009, dir. Ben Campbell & Cosmo Campbell (The new Nepal-Tibet road and the locals.)

For information on Film South Asia ’09, including full listing, jury report, press releases etc, go to


Brazil on Tour Film Festival

CPRD presents in collaboration with KINOBRAS 17 feature lenght and 6 short films from Brazil. Directors and producers of the films will also be present for Q&A sessions.

Date: November 2010

More Details to follow soon


Archive 2009

The Factual and the Fictive: A series of screenings/talks exploring hybrid fiction/documentary film-making

Where: 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW and June 4th: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD, May 5th/7th/20th/26th at 6pm | June 4th @ 10am

Session 1 – 5th May

The House is Black (Khaneh Aiah Ast), (Iran, 1963), 22mins, Directed by Forough Farrokhzad


Salaam Cinema, (Iran, 1995), 75mins, Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf


Discussion: Life and Art in the cinematic language of Iran
Rose Issa, Art curator and co-author, Life and Art: The New Iranian Cinema, BFI, 1999.
Chair: Prof. Mitra Tabrizian, University of Westminster

Session 2 – May 7th

Import, Export, 141 mins, (Austria, 2007), Directed by Ulrich Seidl

“Import, Export is a deeply moral and blackly funny film, one that reveals unpalatable truths about the economic systems that rule our lives.” The Telegraph, Sukhdev Sandhu


Discussion: Simulated Stories: Seidls journey film-making and the rebirth of documentary as a cinematic spectacle; Mark Cosgrove, Head of Programming, Watershed Media Centre, Bristol
Chair: Simon Hipkins, PhD candidate, University of Westminster

Session 3 – May 20th

In Vandas Room (No Quarto da Vanda), (Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, 2000), 179mins, Directed by Pedro Costa


Discussion: ‘The Immobile Resistance to the Law of Genre in Pedro Costa’s Films’, Ana Balona de Oliveira, PhD candidate, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Chair: Lus Trindade, Birkbeck College, University of London

Session 4 – May 26th

The Wild Blue Yonder, (UK, USA, France, Germany, 2005) 80mins, Director, Werner Herzog


Discussion: The Imagination and Documentary
Andr Singer, producer, West Park Pictures and anthropological film-maker. Andr has produced several of Werner Herzogs film, and ran the BBC Documentary Departments Independent Unit in the 1990s, where he founded the award winning documentary strand, Fine Cut. He is still best known internationally as the Editor of Granada televisions famed Disappearing World series.
Chair: Prof. Joram Ten Brink, University of Westminster

Session 5 – June 4th

Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, 10am – In association with Birkbeck College (School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media)

La Commune (Paris, 1871) with Peter Watkins


A rare opportunity to see Peter Watkins most recent work, La Commune (Paris, 1871).
Peter Watkins will be in attendance to give a talk on his work and what he has described as ‘The Media Crisis’. He will explore how he believes the methodology and position of the mass audiovisual media (TV, cammerical cinema) is playing a huge role in driving todays consumer society, and how he has attempted with his work to find alternative, pluralistic ways to challenge this. Peter Watkins feels strongly that these issues should be debated publicly and in the education sector.

  • 10am 10.30am Introduction to Peter Watkins and La Commune (Paris, 1871)
  • 10.30am 1.15pm La Commune (Paris, 1871) (Part One), (France, 2000) 2hrs 45mins, Directed by Peter Watkins
  • 1.15 2.00pm Lunch break
  • 2.00pm 5.00pm La Commune (Paris, 1871) (Part Two), (France, 2000) 3hrs, Directed by Peter Watkins
  • 5.00pm 5.15pm Short break
  • 5.15pm 7.00pm Talk/Discussion with Peter Watkins
  • After a short break, Peter Watkins will lead a discussion on his work and what he has described as the media crisis.
  • Chair: Simon Hipkins, PhD candidate, University of Westminster
  • 7.00pm 9.00pm Reception and a continuation of informal discussion

Colin McCabe seminar

7 March 2009, 2-6 pm at the cinema at Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Sq. WC1

Polyphonic China – A series of screening of Chinese new independent documentary films

 10 Feb – 31 March 2009, Tuesdays, 6-9pm, Lecture Theatre 1&2 (Old Cinema), University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street

All films, apart from ‘Though I am gone’, are being shown in the UK for the first time

1. Crime and punishment (2007), director Zhao Liang, 122mins

Speaker: Prof. Chris Berry, Goldsmiths College, University of London

“On the edge: Zhao Liang and the Chinese Independent Documentary Scene”

10 February

2. Using (2007) director Zhou Hao, 102 mins

Speaker: Luke Robinson, University of Nottingham

“Liveness and Location Shooting in Chinese Documentary from the 1990s”

24 February 

3. Though I am gone (2006), director Hu Jie

Speaker: Prof. Harriet Evans, University of Westminster

10 March

4. Aoluguya. Aolugoya (2008) director Gu Tao, 90mins

Speaker: Zhiguang Ying, University of Cambridge

Alternative Venue: The Boardroom, Regent Campus, 309 Regent Street

24 March

5. Taxi (2008), director Fan Jian, 59mins

Speaker: Tianqi Yu, University of Westminster

Conversation with the German film maker Harun Farocki

German filmmaker and artist, Harun Farocki, will discuss his work-in-progress, Immersion, with artist and critic Kodwo Eshun (co-founder of the Otolith Group)

In Immersion, Farocki explores how virtual reality is deployed within a sobering military reality — how the artificial images of computer games are deployed beyond their self-contained fictional universes, both in the training of U.S. troops prior to their deployment to combat zones, and in psychological care for troops suffering battlefield trauma upon their return.

Presented in association with the Goethe Institute, Cubbit Gallery, and in collaboration with Michael Uwemedimo and Roehampton University.

19 February 2009, 7pm at the Goethe Institute, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road

Sceenings take place at the Cubitt Gallery, 8 Angel Mews, London N1 9HH  between 17 January Sunday 22 February 2009

Screening of S21: the Khmer Rouge Killing Machine followed by a discussion with filmmaker Rithy Panh

In collaboration with the Institute of Humanities, Birkbeck college

In his masterpiece, S21: the Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2003), Cannes prize winner Rithy Panh brings together former torturers and survivors of the Tuol Sleng prison in Phnom Penh (code named S21). S21is a tour of the site by those who remember it as a working machine in which 17,000 people were killed. Through meticulously staged re-enactments, the former staff of prison guards, torturers and executioners go through the motions of their daily routine in the now empty rooms and corridors – they shout their orders, place phantom keys in phantom locks, shout ideological threats to absent prisoners, slap the prisoners in the face – all with an exactness too banal to be called precision; it is recursive, routine. The guards run through each motion in its proper place, yet the rooms are nearly empty, the crowds of murdered prisoners evoked only by their absence. The perpetrators’ re-enactments are witnessed by the few prisoners to survive S21, including the painter Vann Nath, who has spent the last thirty years trying to remember life (and death) at the prison through his paintings — a labour to memorialise that stands in stark contrast to the perpetrators’ mechanical repetition.

After the screening, Rithy Panh will explore the role of re-enactment and performance in remembering political violence.

7 February 2009, 2-6 pm at the cinema at Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Sq. WC1