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Global Documentary Filmmaking – Reception and Panel Discussion

June 11, 2015, 6:00 P.M.

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Global Documentary Filmmaking
Reception and Panel Discussion

Moderated by Marjan Safinia,
IDA Board President

6:00 - 8:30 P.M. on Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Mary Pickford Lobby and The Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Reception begins at 6:00 P.M. in the Mary Pickford Lobby of the George Lucas Building
Panel Discussion begins at 7:30 P.M. in The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112


The American Film Showcase and the International Documentary Association invite you to attend a reception and panel discussion featuring six up-and-coming documentary filmmakers from China, Russia, Pakistan, Egypt, Zimbabwe and Burma.

Documentaries are an increasingly popular way for filmmakers around the world to tell their stories and the stories of their communities. In many places though, documentary filmmakers face state censorship, a lack of technical resources, limited filmmaking community, and even restricted access to view international documentary films. Find out what challenges are universal and what are regionally unique.  Are there advantages to producing film in different cultural and political environments? What role can locally produced documentary film play within these rapidly changing countries?

The evening's discussion will be moderated by Marjan Safinia, IDA Board President. Marjan is an internationally recognized Iranian documentary filmmaker ( Seeds, But You Speak Such Good English) . She is one of five co-hosts of The D-Word, the premiere online community for documentary professionals. She is a frequent jury member for documentary festivals and curates the ArcLight Documentary Film Series in Los Angeles. She produces work through her company, The Department of Expansion, and specializes in the intersection of documentary storytelling and philanthropy. She has presented on this topic for the Frank Gathering, The Communications Network and The Rockefeller Foundation.

About the American Film Showcase (AFS)

The American Film Showcase (AFS) is the premier American film diplomacy program organizing screenings and workshops with American filmmakers in more than 35 countries. AFS is a partnership between the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.  In June 2015, 11 selected documentary filmmakers from around the world will travel to Los Angeles and Washington D.C. to participate in two weeks of master classes and networking events as part of the inaugural AFS International Documentary Workshop.

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About the International Documentary Association (IDA)

Founded in 1982, the International Documentary Association (IDA) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to building and serving the needs of a thriving documentary culture. The IDA’s goal is for all nonfiction filmmakers to have access to the support and legal protections they need to successfully practice their art. Through its programs, the IDA provides resources, creates community, and defends the rights and freedoms of documentary artists, activists and journalist. Students, educators and documentary film enthusiasts also rely on the IDA’s programs and services to enhance their understanding of the art form and the subjects that are illuminated in the films.

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The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Rachel Gandin