Open City Documentary Festival

The Personal Lens

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Personal filmmaking plays a complex role in the world of non-fiction. When working with personal experience, filmmakers must draw connections with a wider context or risk alienating their audience, while striking the balance between intimacy and information. Considering the role of the self and subjectivity in cinema, a line-up of filmmakers screening work at this year’s festival will discuss using their own personal perspective as a window into a universal narrative, from the political to the philosophical.

Speakers include Dónal Foreman (The Image You Missed) Cyril Aris (The Swing) and Zita Erffa (The Best Thing You Can Do with Your Life). The session will be chaired by writer and programmer Pamela Cohn.