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November 13th, 2018 Workshops

Workshop 3 - Aesthetics and the analysis of revolution

50 years after 1968, three special workshops explore the essential issues surrounding documentary production amidst social conflict.

Workshop 3 - Aesthetics and the analysis of revolution
90 minutes
Panelist (through Skype) : Narimane Mari, filmmaker (Loubia Hamra (Red Beans) (RIDM 2013) and Le fort des fous (RIDM 2017))

As a watershed moment for documentary cinema, May 1968 is often discussed from a purely Eurocentric perspective. And yet it gave rise to a constellation of cinemas spanning the entire globe, from South America to Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Anti-colonial insurrections were part of that creative energy, and it is important to recall that the documentary cinema born in the crucible of ’68 is also a cinema of decolonization. Franco-Algerian filmmaker Narimane Mari is part of that heritage.

In this interactive session, the filmmaker will explore the aesthetics of historic and contemporary events. For Mari, the cinematic image is based on emotions, fantasies and dreams – making them just as important for our understanding of history as politics, ideologies and facts. She will explain her approach to composition through different sources, her way of re-evaluating her composition for each protagonist, and her approach to situating individuals in their environment. What kinds of liberties can we take in opening and combining these sources? What is our responsibility for what is made and said? How can the imagination explode reality while remaining true to the subject? Is it sometimes appropriate to downplay aesthetics?

In English, open to all.

Presented with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

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