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network 15/10/2020 - 12:00PM

Our Engaged Community: Beyond the Screen!

From our Local chapters to the CP headquarters, this challenging year has forced the Cinema Politica Network to dramatically reconfigure our activities. As we look into new ways to support our Locals in hosting digital screenings and special events online — in lieu of our beloved gatherings — the Network continues to add new titles to our catalogue and for screening on our SVOD platform. Despite the technical hurdles, we remain committed to educating and mobilizing our respective communities around political documentaries and their subjects well beyond the screen.

One of our most recent distribution titles, FINDING SALLY has been making the festival rounds, with most recent screenings at South Africa's Encounters Festival where it was honored with the Adiaha Award, as well as at Sweden's CinemAfrica and Colombia's Quibdó África Film Festival. Director Tamara Mariam Dawit has also been awarded a virtual fellowship with Logan Nonfiction, which supports long-form nonfiction writers, documentary filmmakers, podcasters and multimedia creators. Congratulations Tamara!

Stay tuned for more news on FINDING SALLY and our other Distribution titles, including our exclusive MĀORI-MADE COLLECTION.

Our very own Network & Programming Coordinator Jess Legault moderated a panel by Festival du Nouveau Cinema, called “The Role of Socially Engaged Cinema”. Featured on the panel were artist and filmmaker Joana Hadjithomas, filmmaker and climate activist Elza Kephart, writer and director Justice Rutikara, and director Simon Lavoie. Jess led a vibrant discussion around the role and responsibility of the filmmaker in expressing social commitment.

Director of Programming and co-founder Ezra Winton has a chapter in Contemporary Radical Film Culture: Networks, Organisations and Activists, in which he explores the politics of film programming. You can also see a free preview of the first volume of a primer on Documentary Film Festivals: Methods, History, Politics, co-edited by Aida Vallejo and Ezra Winton. This volume provides an overview of both internationally renowned and alternative international documentary festivals, and considers the politics of curating, screening, and distribution. 

Also, joining our team in September as Cinema Politica’s Communications Coordinator is author and freelance journalist Lital Khaikin. Lital has written for Warscapes, Toward Freedom and Briarpatch, and is a regular contributor to Canadian Dimension, where she writes about military and tech developments as they intersect with Canadian foreign policy. She also writes poetry and runs a slow-burning samizdat-style press for the free distribution of political literature.