As this is the first post after a four month interruption, allow us to pin an event on the calendar which is four months away but worth clearing your schedule for this far in advance.
The Centre for Investigative Journalism has just announced the dates of Investigative Film Week 2013, taking place 15-19 January 2013 at both City University London and the Foreign Press Association Commonwealth Club in Trafalgar Square.
This yearly event, launched in 2010, showcases landmark documentaries and hosts Q&A sessions with prestigious directors and journalists from around the globe. Hot topics and controversy are always a matter of discussion, and as a member of the audience it is endlessly ingratiating to leave in possession of privileged insights into global headlines.
This year’s schedule is not yet available (check here on Film Watch or on the CIJ website for updates), so here’s a quick selection of the films they’ve screened in the past:
Toxic Somalia (Paul Moreira, 2010) – The best of investigative filmmaking, this documentary asks who is responsible for dumping barrels of nuclear waste off the coast of Somalia – a question which cost two Italian journalists their lives. The investigation into their death was reopened following this film’s release.
Iraq’s Secret War Files (Marc Sigsworth, 2010) – First shown on Channel 4’s Dispatches, this documentary follows the journey of the Iraq War Logs from the moment Julian Assange approached a variety of news outlets until their release to the public. Iain Overton of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism was there to explain the process of data mining a resource of nearly 400,000 military logs.
Weekly passes (£15 concessions or £25) as well as tickets to individual screenings (£4 concessions or £5) will be available to book here.