MDOCS Forum - Protection and Accountability Workshops

Friday, June 8, 2018
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
Tang Teaching Museum Payne
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Join us for two separate workshops about the concrete ways in which communities can self organize against discriminatory surveillance practices and documentarians can be accountable to their sources and protect them from from surveillance. Directly following the workshops, the workshop leaders will come together for a conversation about their shared and divergent practices.

Our Data Bodies members Tamika Lewis (An organizer and artist whose primary focus is advancing Queer People of Color and marginalized communities) and Virginia Eubanks (A writer, teacher and welfare rights organizer from Troy, NY) will lead us in a workshop about how we can protect ourselves and our communities from the surveillance of our private data. Our Data Bodies is Based in marginalized neighborhoods in Charlotte, North Carolina, Detroit, Michigan, and Los Angeles, California. They are dedicated to: looking at digital data collection and our human rights; helping local communities, community organizations, and social support networks; growing a national conversation on safety, privacy, and data protection needs of marginalized communities; and showing how different data systems impact re-entry, fair housing, public assistance, and community development.

Ines Hofmann Kanna will lead us in a workshop about how documentarians can be accountable to their subjects and sources by rigorously protecting their data. Ines has been producing and directing film and television projects for over twenty years. She began her career at Boston’s PBS station, WGBH, where she worked for ten years, most notably on the hit series Antiques Roadshow. As a freelancer, she continued to produce and direct TV series for cable and public television and filmed in places as close as Iowa and as far as Yemen and Saudi Arabia. She was also a Supervising Producer for ITVS, guiding more than thirty filmmakers from production to broadcast, and acted as Series Producer on two ITVS documentary series. For the past few years, she has been focusing on producing feature documentaries with independent filmmakers, most recently Sonia Kennebeck’s National Bird, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Berlinale and won the 2017 Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize. Ines Hofmann Kanna was born and raised in East Germany. She lives in Oakland, CA.

This event is part of the MDOCS Forum - a series of public events combining festival presentations of artistic work with symposium-style conversations around an annual theme. The symposium is free and open to the public.

This year, we will engage with the theme Surveil/Surveilled in documentary and analyze documentary as a form of surveillance, consider the ethics and legalities of observing and the vulnerability of being observed, learn how to protect from surveillance, and engage with the documentary material that surveillance systems yield to explore its storytelling and truth telling potentials. 

For a full list of MDOCS Forum events click HERE  

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