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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TICKETS
Single Sessions
Riverside Members and 30 Club $12
MCA Members $12
Single Tickets Adults $15 Concession $12

Packages
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.


Riverside sessions below. Click HERE for sessions at the MCA.
Download the program summary.

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  • Burp! Pepsi v Coke in the Ice Cold War

    Wheelchair AccessibleHearing System
    29 Nov 2018
    Raffertys Theatre
    John Pilger’s Burp! Pepsi v Coke in the Ice Cold War (1984) tells the story of the political struggle between Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola.
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  • That Sugar Film

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    29 Nov 2018
    Raffertys Theatre
    One man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body.
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  • The Quiet Mutiny

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    30 Nov 2018
    Raffertys Theatre
    John Pilger’s first documentary film created a sensation when it broke the story of a rebellion emerging within the American army fighting the War in Vietnam.
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  • Stealing a Nation

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    30 Nov 2018
    Raffertys Theatre
    John Pilger's extraordinary film about the plight of the Chagos Islands, whose indigenous population was secretly and brutally expelled to make way for an American military base.
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  • Harvest of Shame

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    01 Dec 2018
    Raffertys Theatre
    A landmark film in American television journalism by the renowned American correspondent Ed Murrow in which he reveals the plight of migrant farm labourers as proof that slavery was never abolished.
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  • The Outsiders: 3 Interviews

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    01 Dec 2018
    Raffertys Theatre
    In 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'.
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  • Kon Tiki

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    02 Dec 2018
    Raffertys Theatre
    A classic documentary about the epic adventure of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl who set out to 'prove' the historical truth of a journey 1500 years earlier.
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  • Utopia

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    02 Dec 2018
    Raffertys Theatre
    John Pilger's epic portrayal of Indigenous Australia investigates the 'historical amnesia' of our colonial past and a rapacious present that seldom speaks its name.
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  • The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

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    05 Dec 2018
    Raffertys Theatre
    Domestic. Shop girl. Waitress. Cook. Those were the jobs for women in 1930s America. When the US entered World War II an unprecedented demand for female workers was created; and opportunities. Or so it seemed.
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