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Magnum Photos Film Festival
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Sat 24 – Fri 30 June 2023

A man in a suit and gasmask stands by a lamp pole on a ruined street, covered in a cloud of dust
Witnessing Gezi, dir. Emin Özmen, Turkey 2013, 17 min.

Magnum Photos’ second film festival in the UK offers an exploration of the photo agency’s extensive 76-year archive through four film screenings and accompanying discussions. Each screening zooms in on critical issues surrounding ethics, underrepresentation and the complex dynamics of positionality that exist behind the lens.

The programme takes a critical and introspective look at the multifaceted role of photojournalism and the profound urge it embodies to document global issues. The curation, which is anomalous in status, examining and conversing between ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ gaze, offers an interrogation of the act of observing in cinematic and photographic production.

The festival showcases work by four Magnum photographers made in five locations: Susan Meiselas in Nicaragua, Sohrab Hura in India, Emin Ozmen in Turkey and Newsha Tavakolian in Iran. Each will be shown alongside works by a wide range of filmmakers to offer either a concurrent or contrary view of the topics on display.

Tickets from £11, half price for Blue Members, £5 if you’re 25 or under 25.

Sunflowers sway in a twiggy field at dusk, covered by plastic bags

Sat 24 Jun, 6:30pm
Speech Lines: Portraying Iran
Three experimental movies that explore the implications of women talking between each other in a home setting, in the diaspora and in public spaces.

A black and white photo of a man running to aid a protester knocked down by a water cannon, on an empty street

Sun 25 June, 6:30pm
Dust and Tear Gas: Turkey in Focus
Two films explore the narratives of resistance, longing and the pursuit of a better future in the context of the multigenerational and multi-coalition demands of the Gezi Park Uprising.

A young Nicaraguan boy is injected with a needle by a doctor

Tue 27 June, 6:30pm
A Family in History: Nicaragua Reframed + Q&A
Embarking on a journey across years, this screening showcases a multifaceted portrayal of a Nicaraguan family who have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of revolutionary ideals for social transformation.

A woman stands amongst the waves at night. She's looking happy

Fri 30 June, 6:30pm
Countercurrents: India Today
Experimental shorts from contemporary Indian directors about humid, equatorial landscapes and the charm and menace of the natural world.