A CRITICAL EYE
FOR CRITICAL TIMES
“For it is the critical faculty that invents fresh forms” (Oscar Wilde)
The essay film is doubly an act of criticism. It engages critically with the forms of cinema and at the same time casts a critical eye on the world that cinema inhabits.
The selection of films for this year’s edition of the Essay Film Festival showcases a striking, inspirational diversity of cutting-edge practice and charged political critique from around the globe, encompassing video-essay activism, documents of war’s impact, historical reconstruction, poetry as anti-colonial gesture, self-portraiture, the diary form, found footage historiography, and meditations on landscape and the often bloody histories layered and rooted therein.
School/department website http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/research/birkbeck-institute-for-the-moving-image