Saturday, March 11. Workshop: Documentary Filmmaking as a Tool of Metamorphosis. Nora Mandray

Nora Mandray
Title: Documentary Filmmaking as a Tool of Metamorphosis
Dates: Saturday, March 11
Time: 10:00 – 19:00

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How is a real person shaped into a “truthful” character? In this workshop, we will focus on character-driven narratives and will explore the impact of this process, both on the protagonists of the film and on the filmmakers themselves. Through a mixture of case studies and practical exercises, workshop participants will gain insight into documentary storytelling as a tool for healing and growth. During the workshop, we will look at best practices (archetype, story arc, collaborative methods) and the ethical implications of transforming a person into a character. A selection of works by the speaker and other authors will be presented, including the speaker’s new work on feminist porn.

No previous filmmaking experience is necessary; all levels are welcome.

Bring your phone along, with enough space to record a few video clips.

[Warning: The case studies include stories of violence and trauma.]

Nora Mandray (she/they) is a French documentary filmmaker based in Berlin. Previous credits include award-winning “3 Acres in Detroit” (Berlinale, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest…), “Dancing With Le Pen” (EP’d by Oscar-winner Laura Poitras & Oscar-nominee Charlotte Cook for Field of Vision), as well as the feature documentaries “The Process of Recovering” for VICE Studios and “Eli: A Dog In Prison”, a TOPIC Originals. She holds a double Master from UCLA film school and Sciences Po Paris. / instagram @oaaanrmndry

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Aurora vol. II. A Platform On Social Recipes, Filmmaking and Mutual Aid is a project of The Institute for Endotic Research (Shoufay Derz and Lorenzo Sandoval) in collaboration with Aouefa Amoussouvi with invited guests. It follows on from Aurora. A Platform on Ecology, Interdependence and Mutual Aid, initiated by Aouefa Amoussouvi, Benjamin T. Busch and Lorenzo Sandoval in June 2022.

“Aurora” is an interdisciplinary project that departs from the idea of mutual aid in order to better understand the connections between ecology and interdependence. Aurora, which stands for dawn, is among the most common symbols of hope. The project goes beyond criticism, proposing actionable strategies for imagining better futures. Aurora vol. II. hones in on the connections between methodologies of food culture, filmmaking and storytelling as much-needed tools for reshaping our present and future. It is a platform for our entangled narratives and the creation of commonalities with others across geographical distances and time.

As we move towards climate collapse at an accelerated rate, the practice of collaborative storytelling is a necessary response. Art historian Claire Bishop speaks about how filmmaking recognises the complexity of collaborative work by naming the various workers contributing to the realization of a project. Mutual aid is activated through the art practice of filmmaking both through its inherent organisational structures of production and through its narratives. In an age where screens are virtually ubiquitous, where devices enslave and entrap us in contemporary alienation, we are at the mercy of constant disinformation, emotional modulation and seduction so that capitalism can continue its metabolic absorption.

In this sense, Aurora Vol. II confronts screen culture through a programme of workshops, reading groups and seminars that seek to engender narratives of commonality, collaboration, interdependent working structures, mutual support and empathic spaces that allow us to develop strategies of solidarity. To find effective and sustainable responses, it is necessary to reimagine existing epistemological frameworks with an intersectional and interdependent approach. Presented from March to June 2023, the program prioritises collaborative production, therefore it facilitates the project’s aims of both understanding and practising mutual aid.

– These events are free of charge, but registration is essential as spots are limited
– If for any reason you cannot attend the event after registration, please cancel your tickets ASAP so that we can fill your place.
– The health and safety of our community is our priority. Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell.
– For the 2-day workshops: We recommend coming on both days. However, if you are only coming on one day, please indicate in your registration if you are only coming on one day and which one (day 1 or day 2).

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