CDRP Events

Upcoming Events

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. […]

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, who will be present to discuss her film. 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 mother and child— all amidst the […]

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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 […]

In Light Film Festival

April 07, 2018–April 09, 2018


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 […]

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 […]