Festival runs 18-22 June in London.
Various London Venues, see website.
Open City Docs Fest celebrates documentary filmmaking, and returns to London in 2014 with schedule that can only be called packed to the gills. Consider the OCD fest crosses over with the tail end of London's East End Film Festival and you'd be forgiven for feeling the government needs to legislate to create more hours in the day (and that the acronym OCD is weirdly appropriate). Apart from screenings, the festival also features events such as masterclasses, meet the filmmakers, parties and dinners.
OPENING GALA: THE AUCTION HOUSE: A TALE OF TWO BROTHERS
TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014 - 19:00
Followed by a Q&A with Director Edward Owles and Protagonists Anwer and Arshad. Followed by Opening Night Party in Cinema Tent on Torrington Square
A story of two brothers separated by age and geographical distance reuniting to try to save India's oldest auction house.
Closing Gala: Children 404
Pavel Loparev Askold Kurov / 2014 / Russia / 70 mins
Sun 22 June / 19:00 / Bloomsbury Theatre
A film exploring how LGBT youth living in fear in Putin's Russia found security in an online project known as Children 404.
Films and masterclasses with Israeli documentarian and video artist Avi Mograbi.
Various London Venues 19-22 June. See website for details.
THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014 - 20:30
STRATFORD EAST PICTUREHOUSE
The only documentary ever to win the top prize at Venice Film Festival, Sacro GRA is a journey around the Grande Raccordo Anulare, Rome’s ring-road highway, and it observes the everyday lives of a gallery of intriguing characters living along the highway’s edge.
SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014 - 15:30
A study of how China deals with the digital age phenomenon of 'internet addiction'.
SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014 - 15:00
A group of film-loving friends set out on a journey to Parsons, Kansas, home to the world’s last operational processing lab.
About the Festival:
From the Open City Docs Website:
Open City Docs celebrates and nurtures documentary film.
Based at UCL and working with partners across London, throughout the UK and internationally, Open City Docs delivers films screenings and live events, training programmes and projects throughout the year to support the next generation of filmmakers.
We aim to challenge, explore and expand ideas of what documentary can be and do. We want to provoke debate and open minds by presenting films about real life, about the experience of real people, and to give ear to those voices that are not often heard.
At Open City Docs Fest every event is a 'live' event with filmmaker Q&As, film and subject panel discussions, live music, food and workshops for industry and public.
During the week we programme in various venues across London and create a hub in Bloomsbury where the Open City Village and Cinema Tent on Torrington Square is a pop-up cinema space especially made for doc-lovers. We aim to be an open-minded and open-hearted cultural and social event where filmmakers meet their audience. Please hang around, discover a little known part of the heart of the city and deepen your understanding of the world we live in.