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20 August 2009

People to People Documentary Conference '09

Dear Documentarians

Following on the successful inauguration of the People to People International Documentary Conference in 2007, the biennial conference is scheduled in 2009 for 10, 11, 12 September.
About People to People

People to People arises from the need to deepen and develop the critical role of documentary in South Africa, Africa and the South.

The documentary conference has proven to uniquely extend the role of documentary film in engaging the interests and concerns of society. This conference intends to stimulate the promotion of the power of the genre in this part of the world.

The local context of People to People

The inaugural event occurred at a time of great hope and anticipation as the South African documentary industry seemed on the cusp of significant and sustainable growth. The conference programme reflected this sentiment and sessions evoked a dynamic response from delegates.

The conference organisers are certain that this year’s conference will inspire the same passion from participants even though the context for documentary is now radically different.

The global recession has amplified cracks in public broadcasting and decimated many potential sources of funding for the genre. At the same time the film industry is adapting to an ongoing revolution as various technologies reshape the way we think about the medium.

We operate, as in the old Chinese curse, in interesting times.

The documentary genre needs a new footing and this year’s conference aims to get the ball rolling through discussions on practical and viable solutions for the industry, led by industry practitioners.

Even though industry stimulus and salvation measures are a key focus of this year’s conference, attention has not been diverted from the craft we are determined to secure. Documentary film has the power to stimulate public dialogue, raise critical consciousness and make civil society a force to be reckoned with. Stories that represent the diversity of human experience have an obvious value and need to be cultivated, disseminated and preserved.

South African practitioners will be joined by a host of acclaimed international guests from the Middle-East, North America, Europe and elsewhere in Africa. Their experiences will offer delegates a holistic view of the genre in a global context.

Due to limited space prior registration is essential, book now to secure a place at South Africa's only dedicated documentary conference.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS, SESSION DESCRIPTIONS and HIGHLIGHTS
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TO REGISTER FOR PEOPLE TO PEOPLE INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY CONFERENCE 2009, go to www.3continentsfestival.co.za and follow the link to People to People.

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