THE POWER OF THE DOCUMENTARY: BREAKING THE SILENCE

October 29, 2018

A FILM FESTIVAL CURATED BY JOHN PILGER At a time of an information onslaught, the critical differences between fact and fiction are blurred. Documentary films are a powerful way to make sense of these competing voices and ideas. Acclaimed documentary film-maker, journalist and author John Pilger has selected 26 landmark documentary films of the past seven decades, to be screened at the MCA and Riverside Theatres, Parramatta. The selection includes a rare retrospective of some of John Pilger’s own work. ‘Documentaries that go against the received wisdom are becoming an endangered species, at the very time we need them, perhaps more than ever.‘ - John Pilger
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THE POWER OF THE DOCUMENTARY: BREAKING THE SILENCE

A FILM FESTIVAL CURATED BY JOHN PILGER At a time of an information onslaught, the critical differences between fact and fiction are blurred. Documentary films are a powerful way to make sense of these competing voices and ideas. Acclaimed documentary film-maker, journalist and author John Pilger has selected 26 landmark documentary films of the past seven decades, to be screened at the MCA and Riverside Theatres, Parramatta. The selection includes a rare retrospective of some of John Pilger’s own work. ‘Documentaries that go against the received wisdom are becoming an endangered species, at the very time we need them, perhaps more than ever.‘ - John Pilger

Documentary films are a powerful way to make sense of the world at a time when we are being bombarded by more images and information than ever, and which are often repetitive, omit critical truths and blur fact and fiction.

John Pilger is renowned for his independent investigative journalism that gives ‘voice to the voiceless’ and calls power to account. The documentaries he has chosen beckon us to look behind facades and not accept the conformity that can lead to war. The program features a rare retrospective of some of Pilger’s own ground-breaking work, including his debut film The Quiet Mutiny (1970) which exposed American troop insurrections in Vietnam, and The War You Don’t See (2011), his history of the role of the media in war. The festival will feature Q&As with filmmakers and John Pilger will open the festival with an address on why we need more spaces for critical debate. The Power of Documentary may change your mind.