The Power of the Documentary
Breaking the Silence
A film festival curated by John Pilger
28 November – 9 December 2018
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. 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, in November and December.
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. Co-presented with Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 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.
‘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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Riverside Members and 30 Club $12
MCA Members $12
Single Tickets Adults $15 Concession $12
Festival Four Pack $45 choose any four films from the festival excluding opening and closing events
Festival Pass $99 see as many films as you can during the festival excluding opening and closing events
Ticketing for this festival is through Riverside Theatres. MCA patrons can purchase tickets at the same price as Riverside Members. Book online or call 8839 3399.
The Outsiders: 3 Interviews01 Dec 2018Raffertys TheatreIn The Outsiders, a series of film portraits of distinguished rebels, John Pilger interviews the great war correspondent Martha Gellhorn who exposed rather than reported what she called 'official drivel'; Jessica Mitford, the aristocrat from a tumultuous family whose book, 'The American Way of Death', took America by storm; and Wilfred Burchett, whose perilous journey to Hiroshima in the aftermath of the atomic bombing produced the 'scoop of the century'.Info Book Now