“Justine” screening at the Inaugural ACT Human Rights Film Festival, April 15 – 22, 2016 in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

“The ACT Human Rights Film Festival is born out of expertise in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University in the area of media and visual culture. Dr. Scott Diffrient, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and recipient of the William E. Morgan Endowed Chair of Liberal Arts, is using funds from the endowed chair to establish the first-ever human rights film festival in Northern Colorado.

Human rights film festivals bring together, educate, and create a forum for dialogue among artists, filmmakers, citizens, scholars, advocates, and students on social justice issues of every kind. ACT will focus on the issues of LGBTQ rights, human trafficking, the fight for democracy, disability rights, homeless and more – issues which touch our community at a local and global scale”.

Justine directed by Pratap Rughani, screening Sunday, April 17, 2:30 p.m.
Lory Student Centre Theater

ACT Colorado 2016

The Ethics of Participatory Research and Arts Practice, Tate Research Centre: Learning, at the Tate Modern

Monday 14 March 10.00-16.00, East Room, Tate Modern, London
The Ethics of Participatory Research and Art Practice event brings together leading researchers, artists, curators, educators and participants in the field of arts and learning, organised by the Tate Research Centre: Learning.

The Ethics of Participatory Research and Art Practice brings together researchers, artists, curators, educators and participants in the field of arts and learning to consider the current ethical challenges that face participatory research and arts practice today. The aim is to draw on a variety of experiences, to share and exchange approaches and create an open space where collaboratively we can work towards affirmative ethical strategies and methods. The event features presentations and group discussions focused on an ethics of consent, knowledge, ownership, research and practice. These ideas will be considered in relation to projects that present questions and challenges that will be addressed during the day though open discursive sessions.

Tate Ethics of Participatory Research and Arts Practicec 2 2016

Dr Pratap Rughani was an invited speaker: see this link to watch his presentation.

Speaker abstracts and biographies here.

Tate 2016 Day Program

 

Poetics and Politics Documentary Research Symposium, May 15-17th, 2015

“As was the case at the 2013 conference, the Poetics and Politics conference will provide an invaluable context for documentary-based research that both troubles and reinvigorates the discrepant categories of scholarly “theory” and cultural “practice.” The symposium invites participants whose work frames, historicizes, or embodies questions about the various possible relations of theory to practice in documentary research”.

FRIDAY MAY 15, 2015 DARC 108
6:00- 6:30pm WELCOME and OPENING REMARKS
6:30-8:00pm EPISTEMOLOGIES OF PRAXIS (Sharon Daniel, Hope Tucker, Pratap Rughani)
This panel gathers practitioners whose documentary work provide key provocations for this symposium. Interrogating and problematising how documentary epistemologies and meanings are constructed, this panel raises specific approaches for demystifying documentary-making as a practice of visible evidence. Questions considered by this panel include: the scope of documentary practice in the ‘fourth world’; documentary materiality as a source for relaying narratives of unresolved environmental disaster; and the ethical (consent) and aesthetic/affective concerns in documentary-making processes that involve asymmetric power relations between makers and subjects. The panel offers pathways for understanding reflexive praxis as a source of competing historical and affective epistemologies, more than simply a move to deconstruct the documentary artefact. Through this, the panel situates how documentary-making as a socio-historical and psycho-social practice intervenes in contemporary geo-political scenarios.

Poetics & Politics Abstracts and Programme

University of California, Santa Cruz USA

 

 

Open City Doc Fest: the Lives of Others: a weekend exploring character driven documentary Sat 28 & Sun 29 March 2015 at UCL

Sunday 29 March 11:000 – 12:30. What practical and philosophical questions surface in judgements about the ethics of documentary filmmaking? In this session Dr Pratap Rughani, Course Director of MA Documentary Film at University of the Arts London, explored a number of ethical challenges in his own and others’ documentary film practice. Come with questions / scenarios to discuss.

Many of the greatest stories told on screen are those about real people. From the eccentric (Little Edie in Grey Gardens) and extraordinary (Philippe Petit, Man on Wire) to the more everyday (Tony Walker, The UP Series documentary filmmaking has the power to convey the lives of real people in the most compelling form. But how do non-fiction filmmakers find their characters and how do they go about presenting their life on film?

The event is free but booking is essential:

Open City Documentary Festival

“Justine” at Cinema and Human Rights Day, Saturday 14th March 2015 10:00

Justine will be screening, along with a discussion chaired by Dr Jacqueline Maingard, University of Bristol, with Pratap Rughani, director, Iris Wakulenko, sound recordist and Kate Adams, the director of Project Art Works about the issues which making the film raised in relation to human rights. The event is free but registration is essential at Eventbrite:
Cinema and Human Rights Day
The Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image

Saturday 14th March, 2015, 10:00
Birkbeck Gordon Square Cinema
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

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Photo: Chryssa Panoussiadou, wwamc

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“Justine” screening at the London Short Film Festival 18 January 2015

Q & A with director Pratap Rughani following screening of Justine.

New Shorts: DOCS: Long(er) Docs and filmmaker Q&As.
Sun 18 Jan 15:30 Hackney Picturehouse, London.

London Short Film Festival