LIGHTS, VALUES, ETHICS! DOCUMENTARY, FESTIVALS, AND THE POLITICS OF PROGRAMMING

A public talk by Ezra Winton

What is the relationship between documentary, festival screenings and activism? Is sharing socially engaged films with audiences enough to inspire change? Is the audience act of knowing about injustice enough to end injustice? Do festivals have a responsibility to offer alternative ways to share and screen political documentaries? In this discussion, film professor, curator and writer Ezra Winton makes critical connections between documentary politics, ethics and values in the world of film festivals.

Ezra Winton, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Communication and Cultural Studies at Concordia University. He is Director of Programming at Cinema Politica, and has curated political film programs tackling a wide range of political topics. He researches and writes about ethics, curatorial politics and screen cultures, including peripheral, settler and Indigenous cinemas. His latest articles and books, including the recently published “Documentary Film Festivals” (co-edtied with Aida Vallejo) can be found at www.ezrawinton.com. Follow him on Twitter: @ezrawinton.