Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London


Location Festival Hub, Dates  Sep 8 — Sep 12

“Counter-archives” is series of discussions and presentations happening throughout the festival’s “Talks programme” which propose expansive ways of thinking about the “archive”, considering not just the films themselves but also questions of labour, reparation and imagination.

How do alternative and independent archival initiatives draw attention to what has been lost, overlooked, reduced, suppressed, or omitted from national archives and established historiography? How do we resist erasure? How can the archive become a site of possibility, occupied in new ways? As Olivier Marboeuf writes in the third issue of Open City’s journal Non-Fiction:

“The restoration of an archive most frequently evokes the idea of a physical operation that allows the archive to be brought back to its initial form as closely as possible. But what of film archives that have disappeared for political reasons or become damaged in the margins of a dominant history of cinema and its accompanying industry? In this case it becomes possible to imagine not just a restoration, but a reparation, as a gesture that renounces the path backwards in favour of imagining another future based on the traces left by the work, its scars, the voices and lives that inhabit it and all their narrative potentialities. The act of reparation thus becomes a way to invent a new form as much as a new space for reception. A new life.” 

With: Annabelle Aventurin & Léa Morin (Non-Aligned Archives), George Clark & An Viêt Foundation, the Cinenova Working Group, Onyeka Igwe, Pablo La Parra, the Sam the Wheels project, Tiffany Sia, the Temenos Archive, Bo Wang, amongst others.

Full schedule and booking details coming soon.