Tri Continental Film Festival, the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, together with the Southern Africa Communications for Development (Sacod), has announced the launch of South Africa’s first full scale, dedicated documentary conference.

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According to organisers the ‘People to People’ International Documentary Conference arises from the need to take forward the critical role of documentary film in Africa and the Global South. The conference also aims to encourage fraternal relations between the peoples of the world on the basis of a critical consciousness.

The conference, to be held every two years, is timed to coincide with the Tri Continental Film Festival in September and Encounters South African International Documentary Festival in June. This year the conference will coincide with the Tri Continental Film Festival that is scheduled to take place between 14 and 24 September in Johannesburg (and 21 to 30 September in Cape Town).

A stimulating conference programme will see delegates engage the financial, organisational, infrastructural, craft and subject concerns of the genre.
Leading personalities are billed to participate in panel discussions, debates and master classes.

Programme highlights include a keynote address to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the death in detention of Steve Biko on the value of his thinking for self-referential documentary filmmaking; instructive sessions, including master classes, across the full spectrum of the production value chain; testimonies of repressive social, political and legislative conditions under which documentary is produced, particularly in the South; and a debate between producer and broadcast representatives on Intellectual Property.

‘People to People’ will take place on the 13th to 15th of September 2007 at Atlas Studios, 33 Frost Ave, Milner Park.

Source: Southern Africa Communications for Development