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Open City Documentary Festival 2021
Institute of Contemporary Arts
October 2022
9 – 14 September 2021

The ICA is thrilled to partner once again with the Open City Documentary Festival, an event that aims to create an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of non-fiction cinema. Alongside its screening programme, the festival brings together filmmakers and other practitioners to explore and debate the current landscape of documentary at large. The festival creates a space for conversation, observation and examination.  

The 11th edition of Open City Documentary Festival takes place in London 8 – 14 September 2021. 

More information on www.opencitylondon.com

Thursday 9 September, 6:30pm
Revereza and Fusilier’s work is an ambiguous, sensorial spatial study that draws upon multiple mythologies in its exploration of a forgotten pleasure island off the coast of Mexico.

Thursday 9 September, 8:45pm
In Focus: Alia Syed
The first comprehensive survey of Alia Syed’s work in the UK, whose work draws from personal and historical realities to address the subjective relationship to gender, location, diaspora and colonialism.

Friday 10 September, 8pm
The Year of Discovery
Luis López Carrasco’s latest work is a a monumental work which excavates the legacy of 1992 in Spain, proposing a counter-narrative to key events that took place on that year.

Saturday 11 September, 6:30pm
Tribute to Haneda Sumiko
A screening celebrating the work of Haneda Sumiko, one of the most prominent documentary filmmakers from Japan and one of the few women working in non-fiction cinema in the post-war period.

Saturday 11 September, 8:45pm
UK PREMIERE: The Invisible Mountain
Ben Russell’s latest work is a hallucinatory travelogue based on Mount Analogue, René Daumal’s avant-garde novel.

Sunday 12 September, 12pm
UK PREMIERE: The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) + Q&A
A unique opportunity to see C.W. Winter & Anders Edström’s 8-hour long work, one of the most anticipated films of 2020.

Tuesday 14 September, 6:30pm
Closing Night: Ten Skies + introduction
To celebrate the launch of Erika Balsom’s Ten Skies (Fireflies Press), a rare screening of James Benning’s homonymous 16mm film.