Who Frames the Narrative: Shifting the Paradigm
Berlinale Industry EventsWatch Event
Comprising two fireside chats, these conversations will delve into one of the most prominent questions in the documentary field of late: who has the right to tell whose stories and perspectives, and who has the right to frame the perspectives and narratives of marginalized groups. This subject matter is particularly relevant given the seismic shifts witnessed in 2020 where dominant perspectives framed so much of current affairs. From the Black Lives Matter movement, to the covid-19 pandemic to the global uprisings against white supremacy in 2020, the discussions will centre the following essential questions. How can the industry look beyond dominant perspectives? How can we experience these societal phenomena through documentary mediated by the experiences of those individuals who are primarily affected by the very same shifts? Featuring experts from organizations that support documentary creatives, producers and online media, this discussion’s focus will lie at the intersection of investigative journalism and documentary film production.
Moderation: Jad Salfiti
Based in Berlin, Jad Salfiti is a British-Palestinian journalist specializing in the intersection of culture and politics. He frequently contributes video reports to BBC’s Talking Movies and has written extensively for a wide range of media, including The Guardian and Al Jazeera English.
Chloë Walters-Wallace - Firelight Media (http://www.firelightmedia.tv/)
Chloë Walters-Wallace manages Firelight Media’s artist programs, including the Firelight Documentary Lab and the Groundwork Regional Lab, a new initiative which expands the pipeline of early career independent diverse makers from the South, Midwest & US Territories. Chloe was Program Director of the New Orleans Film Society's Emerging Voices Mentorship Program.
Dorothée Myriam Kellou – Rawiyat Sisters in Film
Dorothée Myriam Kellou is an internationally awarded French-Algerian journalist turned filmmaker. In 2019, she completed her first documentary film, In Mansourah, You Separated Us, on Algerian intimate memories of forced resettlement by the French military during the Algerian war of independence.
Jihan El-Tahri – Dox Box (https://dox-box.org/)
Jihan El Tahri is an award-winning film director, writer, visual artist and producer. She currently serves as the General Director of the Berlin based documentary support institution DOX BOX. El Tahri has been a member of The Academy (Oscars) since 2017 and is currently on the selection committee of the Locarno International Film Festival.
Rodrigo Brandão – The Intercept
Rodrigo Brandão is the Senior Director, Communications and Strategy at The Intercept. Previously, he oversaw media strategy for Kino Lorber’s feature film releases and established Cinema Slate, a label focused on Latin American cinema. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brandão earned degrees from Ithaca College in Cinema and Photography and Art History.
Kellou, Dorothée Myriam
Rawiyat Sisters in Film