Wexford Documentary Film Festival Statement Covid-19
Dear Festival friends, We hope you are all doing well in this unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We at the Wexford Documentary Film Festival are closely monitoring ongoing developments. Our priority at this point is the health and well-being of our audiences. It is important to emphasise, that we are still planning to deliver the festival on the 11, 12, 13 September as originally planned. We feel it is prudent to mention that we are also exploring other options, in the event that the emergency extends further into the year. Such a scenario would result in a significant proportion, or all, of our invited filmmakers and audiences being unable to attend.
We wish to reassure our community of filmmakers, film professionals, supporters and audiences that we are proceeding with our plans to present the 7th edition of the festival as scheduled. For filmmakers, submissions are still open and we will continue to accept and review entries, via our submissions platform onFilm Freeway. The applications are open until May 15th 2020.
We will monitor the situation carefully and keep you informed of any changes. We aim to make the 7th edition of the Wexford Documentary Film Festival a healthy and safe edition for everyone involved.
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Free online films courtesy Culture of Resistance
Iara Lee at Cultures of Resistance Films a former winner of the Special Jury Award at Wexford Documentary festival has joined efforts started by film festivals around the world to make films accessible during these difficult times. As a way of extending solidarity to all who are suffering or living under quarantine, they are making all their films available for free online.
Wexford Documentary has been a proud supporter and champion of Culture of Resistance films over the years and we are proud to support this initiative.
Below you can find a list of the films and links for viewing them on Cultures Of Resistance, YouTube or Vimeo.
Is reality obsolete? From low-tech function like body piercing and artificially-stocked fishing pools, to the latest in bionics and VR gaming, Iara Lee's cyber-age intellectual survey - call it a *.DOCumentary - downloads a Future Shockful of data and defines the parameters of advanced technologies that delete nature and reprogram mankind. Cryonics defy death; the Internet exists outside time and space; smart drugs and surgery upgrade the mind and body. But are we headed toward human optimization, or system crash? Timothy Leary, RU Sirius, Lisa Palac, John Barlow and others offer sound bytes against a mesmerizing screen display of cutting edge computer-graphics and archival clips. Exhilarating and disturbing, Synthetic Pleasures raises issues nobody today can afford to abort / retry / ignore.
In K2 AND THE INVISIBLE FOOTMEN, filmmaker Iara Lee and her team chronicle the lives of the indigenous porters of Gilgit/Baltistan in Pakistan. These heroes of mountaineering make possible the ascent of K2, the second highest mountain in the world. Amid breathtaking scenery, the film depicts the courage and everyday sacrifices of these unacknowledged porters. It also provides a fresh look into Pakistan, a country typically
portrayed in the foreign media as being merely a land of conflict and sectarian strife.
More than four decades after its people were promised freedom by departing Spanish rulers, Western Sahara remains Africa's last colony. This film chronicles the everyday violence experienced by Sahrawis living under Moroccan occupation and voices their struggle for self-determination through creative resistance and non-violence.
Modulations is a feature-length documentary that captures a moment in history where humans and machines are fusing to create today's most exciting sounds. It traces the evolution of electronic music as one of the most profound artistic developments of the twentieth century. By cutting back and forth between avant-garde composers, Kraftwerk's innovative synthesizer drones, Giorgio Moroder's glacial Euro-disco, Afrika Bambaataa's electro-funk, and Prodigy's current worldwide superstar stardom, Modulations celebrates, replicates, and illuminates the nomadic drift of the post-human techno sound. Watch the full film here:
Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be a weapon of peace? Director Iara Lee embarked on a three-year, five-continent trek to find out. From AFRICAN countries' sounds of resistance, moving on to BRAZIL where gun-guitars transform the reality of slum kids and ending in PALESTINIAN refugee camps in LEBANON, where photography, music and film have given a voice to the people, CULTURES OF RESISTANCE explores how art and engagement can be the ammunition in the war for peace and justice. Watch the full film here:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/-nai21x7114 Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/398130884
With thousands dead and counting, the ongoing conflict in Syria has become a microcosm for the complicated politics of the region, and an unsavoury reflection of the world at large. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring and the complicated politics of the region, this film seeks to explore the Syrian conflict through the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced to the squalor of refugee camps. In all such conflicts, large and small, it is civilians—women and children, families and whole communities—who suffer at the leisure of those in power and get caught in the crossfire of the hegemons. When elephants go to war, it is the grass that suffers! Watch the full film here:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/ebTwcsTOHPM Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/109720737
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