Documentary films are traditionally viewed as acts both of documenting social phenomena and of providing progressive societal education. Recent years have seen a greatly increased focus on the so-called "impact film", a form which actively aims to translate social insights into concrete social or legal change - but what space is there for documentaries that open up questions concerning social experience, in other words, opening up a cinematic space to think, rather than providing solutions? This session will explore this question by excavating the complex dynamics between activism, documentation and truth, and the various commitments faced by filmmakers and funders on the continent.
UWC/HBC Panel Discussion – Case Studies: I am Samuel & I, Mary
Peter Murimi - Director
Aliki Saragas-Georgiou – Director
Rui Assubuji – Filmmaker, Researcher - Chair In Visual History & Theory At The Centre For Humanities Research Of The University Of The Western Cape
Phumi Mtetwa - Activist
Moderator: Francois Verster – Director, Producer