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Documenting Reality: Ethical Issues in the Digital Age
At JOHN CASSAVETES, Monday, March 15, 2010, 11:00

Speakers: Wilma De Jong (professor at the Media and Film Studies Department of the University of Sussex), Christos Karakepelis (filmmaker), Korina Pateli (lecturer at the Department of Communication and Internet Studies, Cyprus University of Technology), Mohammad Rujailah (filmmaker), Peter Wintonick (filmmaker).
Moderator: Mattheos Tsimitakis (journalist)

Digital revolution, as the technological common denominator of our age, is spreading into the spheres of private and public life at dizzying speed, bringing about sweeping, catalytic changes. Its expansion through various easy-to-use appliances deconstructs the traditional relationship between production and consumption, while introducing a new culture of a broader recording and narration of reality on the one hand, and a culture of supervision and surveillance on the other. Never before has such a large amount of images and sounds been recorded and transmitted; and never before has our life been a constant storyboard, a fragmented and chaotic collective narration of the present. The panel discussion explores the ethical issues that the documentary is faced with in such an environment and does so on three levels: on the level of film production, on the level of film distribution and on the level of society. What should be the role of the documentary producer/director in this environment and what is his/her ethical obligation vis-à-vis society in general? Distinguished filmmakers and academics from Greece and abroad attempt to shed light on the question and venture an answer.

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