MDOCS Storytellers' Institute

MDOCS Forum 2021

For the first year ever: we are virtual, synchronous and asynchronous, presented in five different languages, and with co-presenters in four continents. Forum is free and open to the public. Register here! to join us June 6th-13th, 2021.

The Forum Playlist

14 pre-recorded panels, screenings, and talk backs.

image provided by Emily Collins + Kaija Sirilia

MDOCS Forum proudly brings together non-fiction makers across mediums and practices, as well as students, scholars and activists, to generate productive exchanges and encourage self-reflexive questioning of documentary practices around a yearly theme. This year’s theme: Co-Creation: Delights, Discontents & Dislocations, is a call to all collaborators, collectives and co-creators of knowledge, a call to those coming from activism, community organizing, and collective power building and a call to those willing to transgress artistic boundaries and academic disciplines in the urgent name of shared agency and more inclusive institutions.

Forum Weekend

6 interactive sessions including workshops, conversations, meet ups, and pitches.

image provided by Tamrika Khvtisiashvili + Hanan Habashi

Over the course of the last year, we have seen devastating loss and violence. However, we have also seen an abundance of outrage, creativity, and communal care, in the form of protest, mutual-aid, and reinvigorated creative communities.

The Presenters

60+ presenters from different disciplines, mediums, and backgrounds.

image provided by the Illuminator

Through workshops, screenings, panels, and conversations, MDOCS Forum will consider how co-creation has shaped this year in non-fiction art making and how many of the practices that have evolved are rooted in the practices of communities and movements that have always been working towards liberation and equity in the U.S. and beyond. Expanding to a global conversation is particularly resonant this year, with the mutual experience of the pandemic making the world’s interconnections and divisions all the more apparent.

A Global Conversation

4 International co-presenters and translation in French, Arabic, Mandarin, and Spanish

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