AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF ACADEMY-AWARD NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY THE CAVE AMONG OTHER PUBLIC EVENTS ANNOUNCED FOR AIDC 2020.

February 5, 2020

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) with Presenting Partner the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has announced its 2020 program of public screenings and talks.
TheCave_Photo credit National Geographic

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF ACADEMY-AWARD NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY THE CAVE AMONG OTHER PUBLIC EVENTS ANNOUNCED FOR AIDC 2020.

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) with Presenting Partner the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has announced its 2020 program of public screenings and talks.

AIDC will complement its industry program with a line-­up of powerful films and insightful conversations aimed at celebrating the directorial work of this year’s talented international guest speakers. The four public events have been made possible by three new co-­presenting organisations – AsiaTOPA, The Wheeler Centre and The Age, as well as AIDC’s Presenting Partner, ACMI.

Most notably, AIDC and ACMI will co-­present the Australian premiere of The Cave, followed by a Q&A with acclaimed Syrian director Feras Fayyad. The extraordinary film, currently in contention for the Best Documentary Oscar at the 2020 Academy Awards®, follows a female-­led medical team risking their lives to provide medical care to the besieged local population in Ghouta, Syria. Mr Fayyad is attending AIDC as a guest speaker, and will join ACMI’s director of Film Kristy Matheson after the screening for a conversation about his work and an audience Q&A.

In addition, multi-­award-­winning director Amy J. Berg and Australian film composer and music supervisor Frally Hynes will discuss their collaborative partnership on the Emmy-­nominated HBO series The Case Against Adnan Syed, exploring the murder case publicised by the globally successful Serial podcast. Co-­presented with ACMI, this event will include a screening from the series followed by an exploration into the creative relationship between director and composer on one of the USA’s most controversial true crime series.

AIDC and ACMI are also partnering with the triennial Asian festival AsiaTOPA, as well as new partner The Wheeler Centre, to screen Our Time Machine, directed by rising star S. Leo Chiang. A moving exploration of creativity, family and memory, the film, follows the celebrated Chinese artist, Maleonn, and his attempt to stage an ambitious work of autobiographical puppet theatre with the input of his ailing father. Winner of the coveted Best Cinematography award at Tribeca 2019, the film has also been nominated for multiple international awards. As a guest of AIDC, Mr Chiang will participate in an extended Q&A with Beverly Wang, host of ABC Radio National It’s Not a Race.

Finally, AIDC is excited to be working alongside the Wheeler Centre and The Age, and with support from the Google News Initiative, to present The Invisible Crime, a hard-­hitting conversation focused on the under-­reporting and barriers towards prosecution of sexual assault in Australia. Inspired by the award-­winning multimedia interactive documentary of the same name, created by investigative and data journalists from The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, the panel will be hosted by Age journalist Nicole Precel, solicitor and writer Greg Barns, lawyer Rena Ou Yang (co-­founder of Empowered Together) and public prosecutor Katrina Marson. The conversation will take a hard look at the concept of consent, including its varying legal definitions across the country and ways for it to be better taught and defined in everyday lives.The Invisible Crime multimedia project was the winner of the AIDC and Google News Initiative’s inaugural Raw Data, Real Stories data storytelling pitch in 2019. The project was awarded $45,000 in project funding, and the full story can be seen at https://www.theage.com.au/invisible-­crime

AIDC CEO & Conference Director Alice Burgin said, “While AIDC prides itself on being a central platform for powerful documentary and factual content to be born, content is made for audiences, and needs to be seen, unpicked, dissected and discussed. With so many incredibly talented filmmakers in attendance this year, we saw an opportunity to offer a tailored program that was filled with strong and diverse voices, unique perspectives and urgent issues that reach far beyond the documentary sector. We want to thank all the organisations who are working with us to make each one for these incredible events happen, with a special mention to ACMI for their continuing support.”

ACMI Director of Film Kristy Matheson said, “ACMI serves to inspire curiosity, provoke debate and enable deeper engagement with the moving image. Few cinematic forms offer the immediacy and access of Documentary cinema and in 2020, ACMI is proud to work with our colleagues at AIDC to present a public screening program that invites audiences to see the world together and hear from some of the biggest names in global documentary filmmaking.”

For more information on AIDC’s public-­facing events, go to www.aidc.com.au

AIDC will take place from Sunday 1 March to Wednesday 4 March 2020

SCREENINGS & TALKS
Our Time Machine + live Q&A with Director S. Leo Chiang
Co-­presented by AIDC, ACMI, AsiaTOPA & The Wheeler Centre
6pm Sunday 1 March, The Capitol
Tickets on sale from https://www.aidc.com.au/event/our-­time-­machine-­screening-­with-­director-­qa/

The Cave + live Q&A with Director Feras Fayyad
Co-­presented by AIDC & ACMI
6.30pm Monday 2 March, The Capitol
Tickets on sale from https://www.aidc.com.au/event/the-­cave-­screening-­with-­director-­qa/

The Case Against Adnan Syed -­ Amy J. Berg & Frally Hynes in conversation
Co-­presented by AIDC & ACMI
6:30pm Tuesday 3 March, The Capitol Tickets on sale from https://www.aidc.com.au/event/the-­case-­against-­adnan-­syed-­a-­conversation-­with-­amy-berg-­frally-­hynes/

The Invisible Crime -­ Free Public Talk
Co-­presented by The Wheeler Centre, The Age and AIDC, with special support from the Google News
Initiative.
6.15pm Tuesday 3 March 2020, The Wheeler Centre Performance Space
Reservations: https://www.aidc.com.au/event/the-­invisible-­crime/

AIDC 2020: Collective Intelligence | 1 – 4 March 2020
State Library Victoria | Melbourne | Australia | www.aidc.com.au