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Document Festival 2021

From 25 January -31 January, Document Human Rights Film Festival returns for its 18th edition, an all-online edition for the first time due to COVID-19 restrictions. Document’s ethos of screening the best of recent and historical human rights documentaries gives a crucial space to consider documentary as an art form, as well as a political and social practice; this year’s expansive programme delves into vital questions around image production and consumption in a world in crisis. Explore the full programme here.

We’re proud to support the work of the festival with our Pitch Pots funding. A Nazi Word for a Nazi Thing is an illustrated talk and screening hosted by author and curator So Mayer, diving into pertinent themes of archiving, erasure, queer/feminist politics and cinema. The event offers a rare chance to see Barbara Hammer’s groundbreaking feature documentary Nitrate Kisses (1992), recently restored and available to pass holders throughout the festival. 

Also in the programme; Miko Revereza’s journey across America as an undocumented filmmaker, No Data Plan, and a live desktop documentary performance by Kevin B. Lee examining the proliferation of online propaganda and circulation of imagery. This year’s Document offers a chance to reconsider filmmaking and film-watching in the wake of cataclysmic global change. Passes are just £15 to access the entire festival, with concessions and free community passes available for those who need financial assistance. Films have closed captions or English subtitles, and sessions are live captioned. All information on ticketing and accessibility can be found here.




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