Design for Dialogue: publication of position paper

“The tools for dialogue are in our pockets as never before, yet the social media we speak through has been capitalised and weaponised to such an extent that, for too many, social media speaks for us and speaks badly. Some marginalised communities embrace a new power to film and fight unacceptable realities, energising the same platforms. Yet, the rise of hate speech, social media’s treacherous shadow, threatens to hollow out democracy, tweet by Trumpian tweet. Until social media platforms reform, we are free to step back from being triggered and respond by de-escalating rather than polarisation”

Pratāp Rughani – Design for Dialogue: Valuing Doubt in an Age of Conviction

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The Forgiveness Project’s Annual Lecture 12 November 2019

The Forgiveness Project founder Marina Cantacuzino, will mark the 15th anniversary of The Forgiveness Project. The Forgiveness Project collects and shares stories from both victims/survivors and perpetrators of crime and conflict who have rebuilt their lives following hurt and trauma.

Marina will be joined on stage by Jacob Dunne and Joan Scourfield who shared their personal experience of restorative justice and explored how dialogue could be a powerful force in ending cycles of violence.

The evening will be chaired by award-winning documentary filmmaker and Professor at University of the Arts London, Pratāp Rughani. Tuesday, 12th November 2019 at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR. Book here.

Video of the Annual Lecture event is here.

Visible Evidence XXVI 24 – 28 July 2019

Visible Evidence, the international conference on documentary film and media, will convene for its 26th year at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California July 24-28, 2019.

28 July 11 – 12:45 SCA 204 in the session The Ethics and Politics of New Documentary Technologies Professor Rughani presents a paper: Testing Documentary Ethics in Research and Making:  An Online Tool for Learning and Teaching.

LSFF Industry Panel 14:00 Thu 17 Jan 2019

Dr Pratap Rughani participated in an industry  panel at the 16ᵗʰLondon Short Film Festival 11 – 20th January 2019:

Who goes where? The Ethics of Representation in documentary

“We look into the ethics of representation and ethics of production in documentary as an inextricable cycle, addressing documentary’s legacy of ethnography and its distillation into modern documentary practice. Our panellists will address the thin line between ‘subject’ and ‘object’; who is looking at who from both behind and in front of the camera and what might constitute a meaningful dialogue between the two.”

14:00 Thu 17 Jan 2019 at The Horse Hospital  followed by networking.

Book tickets here.

Fastnet Film Festival 2018 Seminar

At the 10th edition of the Fastnet Film Festival, Ireland, the seminar ‘Films to Change the World’ will focus on Human Rights, with Dr Emma Sandon, Senior Lecturer in Film and TV, at Birkbeck, University of London, and at the Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy Summer School, and Dr Pratāp Rughani, Director, Lotus Films & Associate Dean of Research at London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London.

Visible Evidence XXIV Buenos Aires 2 – 5 August 2017

VE2017 is hosted in collaboration with the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), Revista Cine Documental and the Argentine Association of Cinema and Audiovisual Studies (AsAECA). The conference will take place at the Centro Cultural Borges (Borges Cultural Center) above the traditional Galerías Pacífico and at the Margarita Xirgu theater in the historical neighborhood of San Telmo.