Attracting an increasing global audience, documentary films have become a driving force through which people understand politics, culture and the issues of our time. From nuanced examinations of policy to the discovery of new perspectives and the unpacking of complex histories, documentary media reflects, examines and explores the world around us. Though the history of the form traverses the span of over a century, recent years have seen massive growth in its popularity and significant change to how these films are financed, crafted and seen. With its continued focus on the intersection of media, policy and the public sphere; the Shorenstein Center is expanding its work to examine issues facing documentary film practice, its media ecosystem and its role in civic life. Through fellowships, screenings, convenings, prizes and related initiatives, the Shorenstein Center’s Documentary Film Initiative will engage with scholars, filmmakers, journalists, and industry leaders around the major questions facing the documentary film industry today.
Shorenstein Center Launches Documentary Film Research Initiative
In an ongoing effort to deepen and broaden its focus on the intersections of media, policy and the public sphere, the Shorenstein Center is expanding its work to examine issues facing documentary film practice and industry, and the medium’s role in civic life. As their global audience grows, documentary films have become a driving
NAVALNY: Political Opposition in Russia and the Power of Documentary
Join Christo Grozev, Shane Boris, Julia Minson, and Ann Cooper for a discussion about the film NAVALNY, political opposition and media in Russia, and the ways that documentary film can influence political and personal futures.
Bad Axe: Film Screening and Director Q&A
Join the Asian American Policy Review (an HKS student-led journal) and the Shorenstein Center for a screening of the new documentary film Bad Axe, followed by a discussion with filmmaker David Siev.
Documenting War Crimes in Ukraine
This event is co-sponsored by The Institute of Politics and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Media for this event is provided by FRONTLINE.