Learning & Teaching Day, UAL 2017, presentation on Documentary Ethics at Futuro House

L & T Day 2017 321 March 2017 at the University of the Arts London Learning & Teaching Day 2017, in Futuro House at Central St Martin’s College, Pratap Rughani and Iris Wakulenko present a parallel session ‘Deep Curiosity’ and the ethics of making artwork – a new online pedagogic tool: Justine Interactive.

Futuro House @ CSM
Futuro House @ CSM



“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

British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) Practice Research Award 2016

The fourth annual BAFTSS conference took place at the University of Reading 14-16 April 2016, with the theme ‘Trans/media: Trans/national Screen’. Conference Highlights included the presentation of our Outstanding Achievement Award to filmmaker John Akomfrah, and a keynote from Mireille Rosello (University of Amsterdam), whose paper was on ‘Rituals, Ignorance and Belonging: The Transnationalisation of Communities in Recent Comedies’.

Panel D, Documentary Ethics was preceded by a screening of Pratap Rughani’s film Justine and responded to by Dr Brian Winston and Dr Anna Claydon. Listen here. Read the Transcript Documentary Ethics.

Dr Pratap Rughani was given a Practice Research Award for his film “Justine”.


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.

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

Speaker abstracts and biographies here.

Tate 2016 Day Program


“Justine” Screening and discussion @ Leicester DocMedia month

Director Pratap Rughani will attend Documenting Disability: Policy, Politics and the Personal at University of Leicester, November 18th 2015, for a screening of his film Justine, followed by a discussion with Dr E. Anna Claydon, of the Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester. The day starts at 10:00 with a debate on politics and policy and disability, followed by the film screening. Discussion is scheduled to start around 11.30 for approximately an hour.

Justine review by Dr E. A. Claydon

Leicester DocMedia

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
6:30-8:00pm 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



“Justine” Screening and Discussion on May 6th 2015 @LCC 2 – 4pm Room MLG06, Elephant & Castle

This screening is followed by a discussion, led by Head of College, Natalie Brett and Dr Pratap Rughani, examining the art of crossing bridges in documentary and raising core questions of the ethics of consent and the representation of disability. All welcome, but please make a booking.

The screening and discussion is organised by the UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC). This is a Moose on the Loose event. The overall aim of Moose is to encourage and celebrate research initiatives, large and small, with wide ranging themes, from design activism to the intersection of poetry and film.

London College of Communication, Room MLG06, Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB

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Moose on the Loose 2015

“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




Photo: Chryssa Panoussiadou, wwamc

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