The MDOCS forum is back! We’re excited to share the news from friends at the program what they have going this Summer. Through workshops, screenings, panels, and conversations, MDOCS Forum will consider how co-creation has shaped this year in non-fiction art making and how many of the practices that have evolved are rooted in the practices of communities and movements that have always been working towards liberation and equity in the U.S. and beyond. Expanding to a global conversation is particularly resonant this year, with the mutual experience of the pandemic making the world’s interconnections and divisions even more apparent. Therefore, this year MDOCS Forum has partnered with international co-presenters in Asia, Africa, and Latin America to foster a global conversation.
Co- Creation: Delights, Discontents and Dislocations is innovative and accessible with three main features:
14 prerecorded panels, screenings, and talk backs. Highlights will include a panel featuring Another Kind of Girl Collective with a sneak peek from their recent film Only the Ocean Between Us (Hot Docs 2021), film screenings including Scribe Video Center’s We Tell: 50 Years of Participatory Community Media, and panels on community engagement, collective processes, and much more. This playlist of pre-recorded panels, screenings, and talk backs will be made available to all registered participants to explore at their leisure and convenience from June 6th- 13th. All panels and talk backs will be available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Mandarin.
Forum Weekend: 6 interactive sessions including workshops, conversations, meet ups, and pitches.
Highlights include: the StoryShift Workshop with Working Films that lifts up best practices of accountability, which range from building authentic trust and consent, to co-creation; a Global Pitch Session including reps from IDA and Field of Vision; and conversations on decolonizing storytelling, learning from past movements to co-create in the present, and moving forward collectively. These interactive sessions will be hosted on Zoom synchronously during Forum weekend, June 11th-13th. Simultaneous translation will be available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Mandarin.
This year, for the first time, MDOCS Forum has partnered with international co-presenters in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Each partner has curated an event for the MDOCS Forum Playlist and will convene their own local group of participants to take part in the events of Forum weekend. Documentary Africa (DocA) is a unique Pan-African initiative that aims to cultivate and nourish a self-sustaining documentary film ecosystem in Africa. Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture aims to train the next generation of Palestinian culture makers in the arts. The International School of Film and Television (EICTV) in Cuba is considered one of the most important audiovisual training institutions in the world. China Residencies is a residency program that is passionate about creating opportunities for artists to bring a broader cultural understanding into their work and communities.
MDOCS Forum is an annual event presented by The John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) at Skidmore College, which embeds documentary within the intellectual and cultural life of Skidmore and Saratoga Springs – exploring how documentary can enhance our capacities for mutual understanding, innovative artistry public engagement, and social impact. The program was founded in 2014, thanks to seed funding from Moore family members Jim and Sue Towne. MDOCS Forum is also funded by Skidmore College and the Ford Foundation.