The Place of Documentary - Traversing Disciplines

In recent years, documentaries have evolved significantly due to technological, social and economic shifts, impacting both storytelling and design. This symposium, organized by LUCA School of Arts and DOCNomads, focuses on these evolutions in documentary making.

This activity will be in English.


Tuesday 22 March

Opening night: Poetics of Exchange

  • 19:30: welcome
  • 20.00: screening Un film dramatique, Eric Baudelaire (2019, 2u)
  • 22.00: reception

Wednesday 23 March

  • 10:00 - 12:00     panel Ambiguity & Other Phenomenon
    • Philip Cartelli - In search of ambiguity
    • Nikolaj Lübecker - Watching Documentary Images with Niels Bohr: Barbet Schröder and Kazuo Hara
    • Pascal Vandelanoitte – Futuristic archive

  moderator: Dara Waldron

  • 13:00 – 14:30    artist talk Eric Baudelaire with Christina Stuhlberger
  • 15:00 – 16:30    keynote by Dara Waldron

  ‘I stare into a deep blue ocean and see only Light:' Making Sense of Personal Documentary as an Art of Nonfiction

  • 20:00:        optional: screening festival Docville Cow (Andrea Arnold) or other film in the program of Docville

Thursday 24 March

  • 10:00 – 12:00    panel Place of Documentary – Site: Contestation and Speculation
    • Stefanie Baumann - (De)Framing North Korea. On the critical potential of documentary forms     
    • Des O’Rawe - Moving Images: Documentary and Post-Conflict Northern Ireland
    • Eneos Çarka - Speculative Worlds: Anthropocentric Realities and World-Building in Speculative Documentaries
    • Maria Luna - Documentary Film Festival as site of displacement           

  moderator: Roel Vande Winkel

  • 13:00 – 16:00    introduction to the work of Wael Shawky – location Museum M Leuven

  + visit expo Wael Shawky

  • 16:00 – 17:00    keynote by Fiona Tan


  • 20:00                  screening Ascent by Fiona Tan (80’)

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Docville Academy

DOCVILLE is not only a festival for documentary lovers, but also the platform for activities for and by documentary professionals. Over the course of several days, there are activities and networking moments for professionals from the documentary world. Detailed information and registration methods can be found at

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