One of the highlights of IDFA was a master class by veteran social documentarian Kim Longinotto. The British filmmaker has long won awards and audiences for her films exploring the worlds of women across cultural boundaries. Her film Sisters in Law, delving into the world of two sisters who serve as family court judges in Cameroon, opened the festival. The sisters fiercely defend the rights of women in a society where child abuse and spousal abuse are often sanctioned.
Anand Patwardhan is a leading social action filmmaker in India, where his work on subjects including poverty, peace, development and citizen activism have been shown on television and contributed to social movements. His remarks were delivered to a film festival audience attending the International Documentary Conference held in conjunction with the Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival on June 16, 2004. The event was co-sponsored by the World Bank and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Anne Lewis is a remarkable social action filmmaker whose career is rooted in the challenge of making films about, with and for people whose voices are not usually heard in mainstream media. In 2004, as a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, she was asked to describe her creative vision.
A lifelong social and environmental activist and filmmaker talks about struggling to make films that make broadcasters nervous. Melissa Young speaks to Jana Germano of the Center for Social Media from Seattle, Washington.