CDRP Events

Upcoming Events

Modernism Is Not for Children: Reckoning with Annette Michelson–A Lecture by Daniel Morgan

November 03, 2021, 4:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

Moving Image Archive Screening Room, Wells Library

“State Funeral” (2019): Russian Studies Workshop Fall 2021 Film Series

November 04, 2021, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

GISB Shreve Auditorium (GA0001)

Event Archive

“Kolyma: Road of Bones” (2017): Russian Studies Workshop Fall 2021 Film Series

October 14, 2021, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

GISB Shreve Auditorium (GA0001)

The RSW Fall 2021 Film Series will screen will screen Kolyma: Road of Bones, a documentary directed by Stanislaw Mucha. [Germany, 2017, 85 min.] Kolyma is one of the coldest regions in the world and is notoriously known as the location of one of the deadliest labor camps of the Stalin era. The film brings perspectives of Russian […]

“Pipeline” (“Truba”) (2013): Russian Studies Workshop Fall 2021 Film Series

September 23, 2021, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

GISB Shreve Auditorium (GA 0001)

Truba [Pipeline], a 2013 documentary directed by Vitaly Manskiy, will be the first screening this fall in the RSW Documentary Film Series: Power, Poetics, and Play: Documenting Soviet Legacies. “Pipeline” is a travelogue looking at the lives of the communities along the pipeline which transports gas from Siberia to Europe. Professor Margarita Balmaceda (Seton Hall University), author […]

“Setting Off with Malcolm”–A Film by Jerry Mercury

September 02, 2021, 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Wells Library LI044B – The Phyllis Klotman Room

The Russian Studies Workshop Disability Studies Working Group has arranged for the screening of the short documentary film “Setting off with Malcolm” (22 min.), by the Russian film director and activist Jerry Mercury. The director, who will join via Zoom, will introduce the film and lead a Q&A with the audience after the screening. Dedicated to […]

“VOY” (“БОЙ”): Russian Studies Workshop Spring 2021 Film Series

April 30, 2021, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Virtual Event

The RSW Spring 2021 Film Series, Power, Poetics, and Play: Documenting Soviet Legacies, will screen the 2019 documentary “VOY” (“БОЙ”), directed by Maxim Arbugaev. “VOY” tells the story of the Russian Paralympic Blind Football team, which is preparing for the most important event in their lives – the European Championship. The Team has only one goal […]

“Будинок” (“Budynok”): Russian Studies Workshop Spring 2021 Film Series

March 05, 2021, 12:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Virtual Event

The RSW Spring 2021 Film Series, Power, Poetics, and Play: Documenting Soviet Legacies, will screen the 2019 documentary “Будинок” (“Budynok”) that was directed by Matilda Mester and Tatjana Kononenko. The screening will be introduced by the directors and followed by a conversation and Q&A with the directors and IU Professor Gardner Bovingdon. “In the east […]

Film–Survival Research Laboratories: The Pleasures of Uninhibited Excess

February 24, 2021, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.


The Pleasures of Uninhibited Excess Film Directed by Leslie Asako Gladsjo and Jonathan Reiss SRL founder Mark Pauline will be present to introduce the film. This is a filmed documentary of a performance by Survival Research Labs, a performance group that stages what the group calls ‘ritualized interactions’ between robotic creatures. Survival Research Laboratories was […]

“Operation Wedding”: Russian Studies Workshop Spring 2021 Film Series

February 19, 2021, 3:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

Virtual Event

The RSW Spring 2021 Film Series, Power, Poetics, and Play: Documenting Soviet Legacies, will screen the 2016 documentary “Operation Wedding” that was directed by Anat Zalmonson Kuznetsov. The screening will be introduced by the filmmaker and followed by comments, conversation, and Q&A with the filmmaker and Professor Ben Nathans, Associate Professor of History at University of Pennsylvania. “Operation Wedding” […]

“Theory for Troubled Times” Film Series

January 27, 2021–April 14, 2021

Ken and Florence Jacobs: A Conversation

December 11, 2020, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Via Zoom–Register to Participate

Filmmakers Ken and Florence Jacobs are scheduled to be present for a virtual conversation and interactive Q&A moderated by IU Media School Associate Professor Joan Hawkins. To participate in this virtual event: Be sure you have downloaded Zoom software to the device you want to use to watch this event. Register for the December 11 […]

WTIU Conference on Aging: Genealogy and Collecting Family Stories

November 21, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Virtual Event

This year’s annual WTIU Conference on Aging took place on Saturday mornings from October 3rd to November 21. Because of travel restrictions, the conference was a virtual event, which allowed people around the country to participate. The conference sessions were recorded on Zoom and are posted on the WTIU website. The website includes the PowerPoint […]

Conversation on the Documentary Film, “Afro-Atlantic Legacies”

November 20, 2020, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Writer/Director Gabriela Barreto, Executive Producer Cassio Nobre, and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia Xavier Vatin are scheduled to be present for a virtual conversation and interactive Q&A moderated by Founding Director of IU Graduate Mentoring Center Maria Hamilton Abegunde and IU Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and Editor of Journal […]

“The Eighteenth Brumaire” of Patricio Guzmán: Lessons from “The Battle of Chile” (1975-79)

November 17, 2020, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

A Lecture by Salome Aguilera Skvirsky

This presentation revisits a masterwork of documentary cinema, The Battle of Chile (Patricio Guzmán, Chile, 1975-79). The film depicts a shifting political landscape in which different social forces (parties, unions, bosses’ organizations, neighborhood associations, student groups, etc.) vie for power in the six-month run-up to the 1973 coup that overthrew the democratic socialist president of […]

Hugo Perez: All That Still Matters at All

October 27, 2020–October 30, 2020

Film Screening: Seahorse (2019)

February 12, 2020, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

IU Cinema

Freddy is 30 and yearns to start a family, but for him this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges. He is a gay transgender man. Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but nothing could prepare him for the reality of pregnancy, as both a physical experience and one that challenges […]

Renan Chaves: In Search of a History and Theory of Documentary Film Sound

December 13, 2019, 12:20 p.m.–1:10 p.m.

Franklin Hall 310

The talk will address some initial parameters for a historiographical approach of the sound in documentary film tradition as well as some perspectives to consider it from a theoretical point of view. Since the “silent” period, critics, producers, filmmakers and musicians have written (pre-) theories, criticisms, reviews and observations about sound in documentary and non-fiction […]

Patricia R. Zimmermann: Documentary Across Platforms

November 21, 2019, 4:00 p.m.–November 24, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

Media School Commons, Franklin Hall

Patricia Zimmermann will discuss her book, Documentary Across Platforms: Reverse Engineering Media, Place, and Politics, a collection of her essays and speculations about documentary, experimental, and new media published outside of traditional scholarly venues. She envisions documentary as a complex ecology composed of different technologies, sets of practices, and specific relationships to communities, engagement, politics, and […]

Donbass: A Film by Sergei Loznitsa

October 27, 2019, 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

IU Cinema

Donbass (2018) Directed by Sergei Loznitsa Free, but ticketed Not rated – 121 min Part of the Ukrainian Homelands Film Series Sergei Loznitsa’s Donbass consists of a series of narrative fragments touching upon the nature of the current war between Russia and Ukraine. The film departs from a conventional depiction of war: a chronological and […]

We Tell: 50 Years of Participatory Community Media

October 18, 2019–December 15, 2019

InLight Film Festival 2019

October 10, 2019–October 12, 2019

Filmmaker to Filmmaker: François Verster and Jahmil X. T. Qubeka

October 06, 2019–October 10, 2019

Film Screening: A Life Without Words (Una Vida sin Palabras)

September 19, 2019, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Moving Image Archive Screening Room
Wells Library 048

In rural Nicaragua, Dulce Maria and her brother Francisco are deaf adults without any language–spoken, written, or signed–until Tomasa, a deaf sign-language teacher, arrives determined to teach them their first words. A Life Without Words (2011) was directed and shot by Adam Isenberg, who will be present for the screening. There will be a reception […]

Between Worlds: Cultural Hybridity in Turkish Film

September 15, 2019–November 18, 2019

Documentary Film Editing Workshops

September 12, 2019–September 18, 2019

Charles Musser: Film Historian and Documentary Filmmaker

March 20, 2019–March 21, 2019

Eugene Corr: Ghost Town to Havana

March 04, 2019, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

IU Cinema

Part of the “Catching Up with Cuba” film series, Ghost Town (2015) introduces two extraordinary coaches who are committed to bringing out the best in their youth baseball players. They meet first on videotape, and Coach Roscoe vows to bring his players from their gang-ridden neighborhood in Oakland, Calif., to compete with Coach Nicolas’s team in […]

“Making Montgomery Clift”–Screening and Discussion

January 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

IU Cinema

Montgomery Clift was one of the most influential actors in the history of cinema, bucking traditions on and off screen, but countless biographies have reduced him to a tragic figure—a self-loathing, closeted alcoholic whose repressed sexuality lead him to “the slowest suicide in Hollywood history.” Now, Clift’s youngest nephew, Robert A. Clift, and Hillary Demmon […]

Women Filmmakers Series–Stanya Kahn: Stand in the Stream

December 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

IU Cinema

Stand in the Stream is directed by Stanya Kahn. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Director Stanya Kahn will no longer be present for this screening. Fast-paced, personal, and urgent, Stand in the Stream weaves together the narrative of Kahn’s activist mother’s physical and mental deterioration and death, the birth of Kahn’s son, and Kahn’s own role as a […]

Documenting Russia: Oleg's Choice

November 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

IU Cinema

Directed by Elena Volochine and James Keogh. Director Elena Volochine is scheduled to be present. Oleg’s Choice offers riveting embedded footage from the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict in the Donbas. This is a rare immersion into the private lives of two Russian combatants, Oleg and Max, who have chosen to fight on the separatists’ side in Ukraine. […]

Documenting Russia: Red Army

October 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

IU Cinema

Directed by Gabe Polsky. Red Army documents the rise and domination of the great USSR hockey team of the 1980s and ’90s to probe the accomplishments and contradictions of the Soviet sports machine. Hockey was both an arena for Cold War rivalries and a source of friend- ship, perseverance, privilege, and discipline for elite players. Says […]

Women Filmmakers Series–Shelly Silver: A Strange New Beauty and What I’m Looking For

October 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

IU Cinema

This event screens two films directed by Shelly Silver, who will be present to discuss her work. A Strange New Beauty is an experimental  documentary that offers a disturbing intrusion into luxurious homes in Silicon Valley. What I’m Looking For, rooted in the tradition of a film-essay, documents the adventure of a woman who sets out to photograph moments […]

Documenting Russia: Love is Potatoes

September 30, 2018, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

IU Cinema

Directed by Aliona van der Horst. When in 2014 Dutch-Russian lmmaker Aliona van der Horst inherits one-sixth of the small village house in the Russian countryside where her mother grew up, she is launched on a journey into the past. As the house reveals its mysteries and secrets, Love is Potatoes unfolds a tale of six […]

Women Filmmakers Series–Susana de Sousa Dias: Luz Obscura

September 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

IU Cinema

Luz Obscura is directed by Susana de Sousa Dias, who will be present to discuss the film. Utilizing material gathered in archives of the Portuguese political police, Luz Obscura mines the psychological aftermath of the António Salazar dictatorship. The film is composed of still images, often mug shots and other official photographs of identification–images produced by and […]

Visible Evidence XXV

August 08, 2018–August 11, 2018

Vietnam War/American War Stories: A Symposium on Conflict and Civic Engagement

July 23, 2018–July 24, 2018

James Leo Cahill: La Caméra Voyageuse: Le Monde du Silence and the Cinema of Exploration

April 13, 2018, 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Franklin Hall 312

Drawing from archival research and contemporaneous film criticism and theory, philosophy, and anti-colonial critique, this talk traces how filmmakers in metropolitan France began to address these questions through the re-emergence of a cinema of exploration in the late 1940s and 1950s. These films were produced at the very moment when the question of the world […]

Dziga Vertov: Film Eye and Film Ear

April 06, 2018, 7:00 p.m.–July 04, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

IU Cinema

The Russian/Soviet director Dziga Vertov is without question one of the most important documentary filmmakers in history. He was committed to artistic experimentation and the use of nonfiction images and yet was a rigid supporter of Soviet policies and a fierce proponent of montage editing. He was also a difficult, opinionated, occasionally irascible artist, who […]

Wounded Galaxies: 1968–Beneath the Paving Stones, the Beach

February 06, 2018, 8:00 a.m.–February 11, 2018, 10:00 p.m.

Multiple venues.

Wounded Galaxies: 1968 – Beneath the Paving Stones, the Beach is a festival and symposium produced by The Burroughs Century Ltd., welcoming scholars, writers, artists, archivists, filmmakers, performers, and others interested in exploring the intellectual and aesthetic legacy of 1968, during its 50th Anniversary year. Programs focus on the events that occurred in Paris, Chicago, and […]

U.S. Premiere of Jeffrey Gould's film: "Port Triumph"

February 05, 2018, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

IU Cinema

In the 1970s, 1500 organized workers of Puerto el Triunfo–mostly women–thanks to their struggles were among the more privileged laborers in El Salvador. Then state repression eliminated union leaders or drove them into exile. By 1990, the fishing industry collapsed. The film provides a window into the effects of neoliberalism. Jeffrey Gould, the director of […]

Greg de Cuir Jr.: Avant-Noir: Experimental Media from the African Diaspora

January 19, 2018, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

IU Cinema

In presenting his first Avant-Noir program in 2014, independent moving image curator Greg de Cuir Jr. conceived of it as “an intervention into the status quo of alternative film and video curating.” This second volume continues his project with a collection of short films and videos from young and established artists both of African and non-African descent, […]

Ariella Azoulay: POTENTIAL HISTORY OF THE ARCHIVE | A Micro Study of a Macro Institution

December 01, 2017, 4:30 p.m.–December 06, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Fine Arts, Room 102

People relate to the archive as if it is a distinct object with its own history. However, it is through “its” histories that the archive is invented and conceived as a self-same institution that persists with little change from antiquity to the present. Most histories of the archive share the presupposition that the archive is the walled place where documents of the past, produced elsewhere, are stored and preserved. This tripartite conglomerate of documents, bygone time and a walled space dissociates the archive from the imperial regime of which it is part and limits its existence to one of being a depository of documents. And if documents were not the archive’s raison d’être?

Documentary Film in Post-Authoritarian Societies

November 06, 2017, 7:00 p.m.–December 02, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

IU Cinema

How do societies make sense of their authoritarian pasts through contemporary documentary film? South Africa, Taiwan, and South Korea—all vibrant democracies today—feature rich documentary film traditions that investigate how histories of state violence, economic dispossession, environmental degradation, and political disempowerment continue to produce effects long after the end to authoritarian rule. Contemporary struggles for rights, […]

Ruth Behar: Entrusting Myself to the Beauty & Danger of Life | Journeys of an Ethnographic Writer

November 03, 2017, 3:00 p.m.–November 06, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

GSIB Auditorium

There is beauty and danger in any ethnographic journey. Ethnographers entrust themselves to the unpredictable. Our writing is in perpetual motion between the desire to depart somewhere and the desire to return from somewhere. In my lecture I will examine this continuum, discussing real and imaginative journeys and how they have come together in my exploration of vulnerability and the search for empathy.

Jean-Michel Dissard: Screening and panel discussion on documentary film, “I Learn America”

October 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m.–October 06, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Woodburn Hall 101

The Center for Documentary Research and Practice invites you to a screening and panel discussion of the documentary film, “I Learn America,” on Monday, October 16th, at 6:30 pm in Woodburn Hall 101.  Our guest speaker, documentary filmmaker Jean-Michel Dissard, will introduce the film.  IU faculty members Bernard Fraga (Political Science, CRRES, Latino Studies) and Ellen Wu (History, American Studies, Asian American Studies, CRRES) will be respondents to the film, followed by questions and comments from the audience.

Oliver Gaycken: A Cinema of Living Facts: The Encyclopedia Cinematographica's Archives of Movement

April 12, 2017, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Wylie Hall 005

A signature achievement of the Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film (IWF) was its Encyclopaedia Cinematographica (EC) project, which was active from 1952 until the early 1990s. Divided into three sections dedicated to biology, ethnology, and the technical sciences, the EC was conceived as a comprehensive archive of movement whose core principle was to reduce complex […]

In Light Film Festival 2017

April 07, 2017–April 09, 2017

Scott Curtis: Rough and Smooth: Animation, Abstraction and the Production of Knowledge

March 28, 2016, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

IU Cinema

In this videotaped lecture, part of the inaugural lecture series, Scott Curtis discussed the relationship between animation and live action in scientific, documentary, and educational films. He acknowledged that animation, like an illustration in a textbook, is necessary to depict what cannot be photographed. But he argued that abstract animations function rhetorically when paired with […]

Lucien Castaing-Taylor: Documentary and the Senses

February 13, 2016, 7:00 p.m.–February 16, 2016, 9:00 p.m.

IU Cinema

This film series, part of the inaugural lecture series, focused on three award-winning films produced by Harvard’s innovative Sensory Ethnography Lab. SEL is a filmmaking laboratory that works to explore the aesthetics and ontology of the natural and unnatural world through experimental video forms. Though distinct in style and topic, the three films reflect Center […]

Rebecca Wexler: A Rule of Equivalents | Video as Big Data Collection for Purposes of Investigation and Trial

January 21, 2016, 12:00 p.m.–January 22, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Maurer School of Law

As part of our inaugural lecture series, Rebecca Wexler, a founding director and instructor for the Yale Visual Law Project, discussed the relationship between documentary photography and the law. In doing so, she challenged the seemingly evidentiary nature of digital images in the courtroom and questioned the ethics of using proprietary software as an investigative tool.

Roger Hallas: A Medium Seen Otherwise: Photography and Documentary Film

October 30, 2015, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

IU Cinema

In this videotaped lecture, part of the center’s inaugural lecture series, Roger Hallas, an associate professor of English at Syracuse University, talked about how photography may be better used in documentaries at 3 p.m. Oct. 30 at the IU Cinema. In his lecture, “A Medium Seen Otherwise: Photography and Documentary Film,” Hallas explained how cinematographic […]

Andrew Lichtenstein and Cedric Nunn: Landscape | Memory | Trauma

September 24, 2015, 4:00 p.m.–September 25, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

School of Education 1120

Part of the center’s inaugural lecture series, photographers Cedric Nunn and Andrew Lichtenstein presented a joint lecture. Nunn’s latest work, Unsettled, documents the terrain of the eastern cape in South Africa, where colonial settlers and the Xhosa people fought wars lasting a century. Lichtenstein has pursued a similar project, “American Memory,” documenting neglected historical sites […]