Age of Action

Filmmaking and Responsibilities

Youth documentary and non-fiction lovers and creators: can we deconstruct power dynamics embedded within filmmaking processes? Considering the social, political and artistic power of non-fiction storytelling, we are hearing from Shamira Raphaela on how institutional frameworks in place are not always in the best interest of the filmmaker’s artistic choices. Hear more about ethical dilemmas when working with your protagonist and your responsibility as filmmaker.

12:50 – 13:30 | Youth-Documentary; Filmmakers’ Ethical Decisions and Responsibilities
Shamira Raphaëla
*Unfortunately, this session is canceled due to illness of the speaker.

14:00 – 14:40 | Storytelling in the Digital Age
Dan Hassler-Forest

Shamira Raphaëla 
Shamira Raphaëla was born on Aruba and studied Media Art in the Netherlands at the AKI (2006). Her first full-length documentary Deal With It (2014) is an intimate portrait of her father and brother and won awards at several international festivals. Her documentary Lenno and the Angelfish won Best European Children’s Documentary at the ECFA in 2019 after picking up the Award for Best Children’s Documentary at IDFA 2018. She also won the Karin de Bok Talent Award with her script-in-development for Downfall of a Superwoman. Her Daddy and the Warlord won the Golden Calf for best short documentary at the Dutch Film Festival 2019. In the same year she made Our  Motherland, a film about Constant Kusters, leader of the extreme right NCE. 
Shamira will talk about the responsibilities you have as a filmmaker, the considerations you must take in to account when dramatizing someone's personal story and how you deal with imposed restrictions from institutions when making your film.  

Dan Hassler-Forest
Dan is an author and public speaker on media franchises, cultural theory, and political economy. He lives in the Netherlands and works as assistant professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Utrecht University. He has a background in film and television studies and English literature. He worked for several years as a lecturer in Media Studies and English Literature at the University of Amsterdam, where he defended his dissertation on the ideological aspects of superhero films after 9/11.
Dan is also a regular contributor to various journals and publications and a frequent public speaker, collaborating with many cultural institutions. He is also a recurring presence in the Dutch news media, giving interviews for television, radio, and the printed press on film and television culture.
We are happy that Dan’s agenda synchronizes with ours this year (we asked him many times before). He will be talking about …