David MacDougall – Ethnographic documentary – 18 Sept 2013

Acclaimed Filmmaker and Writer David MacDougall
– Screening and Discussing ‘Delhi at 11’ and ‘Gandhi’s Children’

AFTRS • 6 for 6:30pm • Wed 18 September

Join us for a rare opportunity to engage with David MacDougall, one of the
world’s leading ethnographic filmmakers, a scholar and writer on cinema, the
social sciences, and education. This year, David received a Life Achievement
Award from the Royal Anthropological Institute, London. So why do we rarely
see his films here? How has he achieved such a prolific body of work without
relying on television & traditional film funding?

Born in the USA, David has lived in Australia since 1975. His first film, To
Live with Herds, won the Grand Prix “Venezia Genti” at the Venice Film
Festival in 1972. A times working with his wife, Judith MacDougall, David
went on to make many award winning films in Uganda, Kenya, Europe,
Australia and India, focusing on the social experience of people in diverse
situations and cultures. Retrospectives of his work have shown in New York,
Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Freiburg & Tokyo.

David will screen parts of two recent films –

GANDHI’S CHILDREN: In a suburb of New Delhi, 350 boys live under one roof. Many are orphans; others were abandoned by their families; some have run away from home or been picked up from the streets by the police. All they have now is each other and the food and accommodation that the Prayas Children’s Home for Boys is hard pressed to provide for them. Filmmaker David MacDougall spent several months in the children’s home recording the details of the boys’everyday lives.

DELHI AT 11: From March to May 2012, David MacDougall coordinated a video workshop in a government funded primary school in New Delhi as part of the ‘Childhood and Modernity’ Project, supported by the Australian National University and the Australian Research Council. The result was a series of four films by eleven year old filmmakers, which offer a special perspective on Indian family and working life. None had made a film before.

WHEN: Wednesday 18 September
6.00pm refreshments & get-together for 6.30pm start
WHERE: AFTRS, Entertainment Quarter, 130 Bent St, Moore Park NSW
(Parking fees discounted after 6pm.)
Map: http://www.aftrs.edu.au/about/contact-us/sydney.aspx
ENTRY: Suggested donation $7. RSVP not required, but be early to ensure
your seat. Please invite your friends too! This event is open to the public.