This Friday (25th October) Dialectical Films heads to Oxford for an event jointly organised by the Oxford Documentary Society and the Tim Hetherington Society. Focusing on the question of whether “documentary can change the world” the panel discussion will be chaired by Frank Macpherson, president of the Oxford Documentary Society, and include contributions from Joram ten Brink, producer of Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing (2012), and Iranian documentarist, Mania Akbari, whose films include 20 Fingers (2004) and In My Country Men Have Breasts (2012).
As a representative of the Bristol Radical Film Festival my contribution will focus on the artistic interventions into public space which the festival carries out, and how these interventions are conducive with a counter hegemonic cultural production, the strength of which lies in its radicalism and ability to open up spaces for critical engagement. I will argue that documentary does indeed have the power to “change the world” if, and only if, it consistently intervenes in public space on a politically radical level.
Finally, I would like to thank the Oxford Documentary Society for giving us the chance to speak alongside such amazing people.