Sunday, May 7th 2017 - 4pm | Volkskundemuseum Wien
BEYOND IMAGES: ENCOUNTERS WITH RADICAL CINEMA IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Since the 1960s/70s, radical and political cinema stands for propaganda movies as well as political films that are critical to the system or stirring comments of the resistance against social injustice, totalitarian regimes and sexually, religiously or racially motivated suppression. But what does radical cinema mean at a time where the technological revolution enabled the broad masses of the population to produce audio-visual self-portrayals and to present those in real time on several platforms globally? What kind of radical political and aesthetic forms do we perceive? What is the relevance of radical cinema in times, where atrocities and attacks are made accessible vividly to the public? And what dialogue is it offering to its audience?
Our guests will deal with these and many more questions. We want to discuss with our audience, which possibilities and responsibilities the camera offers while making extreme positions, hopes and thoughts visually accessible. Focusing on history and our current political climate, we want to debate what contemporary documentary filmmaking can – and should – contribute socially and politically.
Moderation: Katja Seidel