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Can a documentary acutely affect the reality which it documents? What impact is carried by the act of recording? This collection brings together films which document the courageous work of those who use the camera/pen as a weapon. What are the stakes today of documenting and reporting while facing censorship, violence, and injustice? Can documenting make a difference?

New Currents Collections
Especially curated by Film Platform, aim to explore new directions and developments in documentary craftsmanship. They are organized according to major aesthetic trends and fields of influence which permeate documentary filmmaking today.

Films in this subject

No Fire Zone
An explicit and horrifying exposé of the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war, as told by the people who lived through it, providing direct evidence of a war that was supposed to be conducted in secret.
Director: Callum Macrae
Language: English, Tamil (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 98 min.
Year of production: 2013
High Tech, Low Life
Two Chinese citizen armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras develop skills as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and avoiding the risk of political persecution.
Language: Mandarin (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 88 min.
Year of production: 2012
5 Broken Cameras
An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements.
Language: Arabic, Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 90/55 min.
Year of production: 2011
Nero’s Guests
One journalist investigates how the recent spate of suicides amongst Indian farmers reflects the way in which globalization is dramatically changing the country’s agricultural infrastructure.
Director: Deepa Bhatia
Language: English, Marathi (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 56 min.
Year of production: 2009
Burma VJ
Burma’s video journalist keep up a flow of news from within their closed country, despite risking torture and life in jail. Their footage keeps the revolution alive.
Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 56 min.
Year of production: 2009