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.
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The Documentary Film in the Public Interest Fellowship program is designed to support new research, analysis, innovation and provocation around core issues facing the documentary field. Through the fellows’ projects, the Shorenstein Center will engage in examinations of best practice, industry ecosystems, public impact and media policy.
This fall, the Shorenstein Center is thrilled to welcome its first cohort of documentary film fellows under the auspices of the center’s newly-established Documentary Film in the Public Interest research initiative. Documentary films play a vital role in our civic culture by investigating injustices, unearthing forgotten histories, connecting to new perspectives and speaking truth to
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
This event is part of the Documentary Film in the Public Interest Initiative. It is co-sponsored by the Carr Center’s Human Rights Film Series (Harvard Kennedy School) and the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative (Religion and Public Life at Harvard Divinity School).
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.