The Power of the Documentary: Breaking the Silence

The Power of the Documentary: Breaking the Silence


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Documentaries that go against the received wisdom are becoming an endangered species, at the very time we need them, perhaps more than ever.

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 filmmaker, 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, from Wednesday 28 November to Sunday 9 December 2018. The selection includes a rare retrospective of some of John Pilger's own work.

John Pilger is renowned for his independent investigative journalism that gives “voice to the voiceless” and calls power to account. The films he has chosen beckon us to look behind facades and question mainstream media. The festival will feature Q&As with filmmakers as well as an opening address by Pilger on why we need genuine critical debate.

Download the full program below and view the Riverside film sessions.

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