The aim of the week is to showcase some of the best investigative documentaries produced in the UK and internationally as well as give masterclasses in investigative film making.
Bahrain: the Forbidden Country (France, UK Premiere) will open the film week with rare, secretly filmed footage from inside Bahrain. The Murder of the Honeybee (The Netherlands, UK Premiere), looks into a link between the use of a new insecticide and the rise of bee mortality. Bloodcoal (The Netherlands, UK Premiere) examines the consequences of large scale coal mining and the involvement of Dutch energy companies. The Poison in our Homes (Romania, UK Premiere) uncovers what is left behind when a dangerous chemical plant is 'safely' shutdown, and the effect it has on the environment and local people. Law of the Jungle (Denmark) shows a group of indigenous men’s fight against corrupt police and Peruvian courts system.Tracked (France, UK Premiere) looks at the role of surveillance and digital technology by both governments and activists. The festival will close with a screening of Cotton for my Shroud (India, UK Premiere) - a moving documentary about the ongoing farmer suicide crisis in India and the culpability of the multinational Monsanto and the Indian government. This screening will be followed by a drinks reception for all attending.
All screenings are followed by Q&As with the filmmakers and focuses on a particular investigative technique used when making their films.
For the first time, we will be holding a Webdocs Workshop as part of the film week. This will be held on Sat 19 January - see the programme below for more details
Webdocs is a uniquely useful tool for all those who want to create an immersive experience.
The event is organised by the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) in association with the Foreign Press Association (FPA) and is kindly sponsored by the Lorana Sullivan Foundation.
Review the Films
If you want to review any of the films, contact Marina Calland: firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7040 8224.
Tickets are £5 except Cotton for My Shroud’s screening and drinks reception - £8.
Concessions and weekly passes are available.
Webdocs Workshop - £15
The FPA at the Foreign and Commonwealth Club
25 Northumberland Avenue
London, WC2N 5AP
Oliver Thompson Theatre, City University London
London, EC1V 0HB
Tel: 0207 040 8224
The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ)
The CIJ is a charity that champions critical, in-depth reporting and the defence of the public interest. The CIJ aims to provide a centre of excellence in the training of journalists, to ensure that high professional standards in investigative reporting are raised and maintained.
The Lorana Sullivan Foundation
The Lorana Sullivan Foundation helped form CIJ and has continued to support CIJ's core and project activities such as the annual Summer School, Film Week and the website.
The Foreign Press Association
The FPA in London was founded in 1888 by 19 representatives of the French press as a “special authorised society” and became a model for many others around the world.