Columbia Journalism School

Documentary Screenings & Discussions

All events will be held in the Lecture Hall (3rd Fl.) of the Columbia Journalism School. 


MARCH 12: "THE INVISIBLE WAR" & HELEN BENEDICT

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On Tuesday, March 12 at 7 PM we will screen the Oscar-nominated documentary The Invisible War about the epidemic of rape in the military.  The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Prof. Helen Benedict. Her articles and lauded book The Lonely Soldier helped inspire the film.

The screening is part of the School's Centennial celebration. The Lonely Soldier and Sand Queen by Helen Benedict will be on sale.

 


MARCH 28: "AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY" & ALISON KLAYMAN

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A compelling documentary portrait of the internationally recognized artist, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry will be shown on Thursday, March 28 at 7 PM. In the film, director Alison Klayman presents an insightful look at China and its transition in a digital age. Prof. Howard French will lead a Q & A with the filmmaker following the screening.

Watch Klayman discuss the making of the film. She received a 2013 duPont Award for the doc, and spoke to students at Columbia in January.

RSVP to Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry here.


CANCELED: APRIL 16: "TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE" & ALEX GIBNEY

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Join us on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 PM for a screening of the 2008 Oscar-winning documentary Taxi to the Dark Side that exposed abuses by the U.S. military during the war on terror. The film took a critical look at the Bush adminsitration's policy on torture by investigating the death of an Afghan taxi driver.

Prof. June Cross will moderate a Q&A with the filmmaker Alex Gibney after the screening.

RSVP to Taxi to the Dark Side here.


MAY 30: THE FUTURE OF DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING

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Join the duPont-Columbia University Awards and ONA-NYC for an exploration of the future of documentary storytelling. Topics will included uses for and limits of innovative digital technology, cross platform storytelling, immersive transmedia projects, and new funding models.

Professor June Cross will moderate a discussion between: Adnaan Wasey, Director, POV Digital; Owner, Science Bistro @adnaanwasey; Barak Goodman, Executive Producer, Producer/Director, Writer, ARK Media @GoodmanBarak; Ingrid Kopp, Director of Digital Initiatives at the Tribeca Film Institute; Curator, StoryScapes @fromthehip; and Shola Lynch, Director, Writer, Producer, Free Angela and All Political Prisoners @FreeAngelaFilm

Plus, we will have special guest Alexander Reben.  Reben is an artist and robotist, and the mastermind behind the BlabDroid, an adorable filmmaking robot.  He collaborated with Brent Hoff to make "Robots in Residence," the first documentary directed entirely by robots and featured at this year's Tribeca Film Festival StoryScapes installation.  Don't miss this chance to learn more about the project and be interview by a BlabDroid.

RSVP for this event - Thursday, May 30 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm in the Lecture Hall at the Columbia Journalism School.

 

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