DocHouse & the Frontline Club present Between the Lines Festival | Rich Mix Cinema | 1-3 March 2013

Most documentaries aim to present some kind of truth about the world – whether big or small, political or personal. Have documentaries replaced journalism though, as Sundance Director Robert Redford claimed last year? While the distinction between documentary and journalism blurs, there is still a world of difference between the creative vision of a documentary filmmaker and the evidential fact-finding process of the investigative journalist.

What boundaries are crossed when documentary makers act as journalists? What are the challenges as they move into the spotlight of investigative journalism – re-investigating miscarriages of justice, exposing corporate exploitation or making campaigning documentaries funded by corporations or NGOs? What are the inherent pitfalls and responsibilities?

Callum Macrae
Christopher Hird
Kim Longinotto
Jon Blair
James Mullighan (Chair)

Between the Lines festival explored the challenges facing documentary makers, investigative journalists and citizen reporters in the new media landscape.

Three days of powerful films and lively debate on the issues and opportunities raised by the internet, trans-media and merging documentary conventions. A partnership between DocHouse and the Frontline Club.

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