Hybrid News: Documenting True Events

09.02.2015 - Atsushi Funahashi, Shaibu Husseini, Marcelo Martinessi, moderated by Oliver Baumgarten

    Documentaries are becoming increasingly popular and are reaching wider audiences via new online platforms and in the cinema. Along with the new diversity of platforms, we are witnessing the emergence of hybrid formats that not only borrow from fiction but also appropriate elements of journalism. This panel brings together three Berlinale Talents alumni, noted Nigerian film critic and journalist Shaibu Husseini, Japanese filmmaker Atsushi Funahashi (NUCLEAR NATION II) and Marcelo Martinessi from Paraguay (MAN OF THE NORTH) to consider their approaches to create stories both for the news and documentary work. Questions of access to knowledge, freedom of speech and press and the tricky issue of truth will be tackled from their different perspectives.


    Atsushi Funahashi

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    Japanese director. His early films BIG RIVER and DEEP IN THE VALLEY, just like his gripping films about the aftermath of the Fukushima tragedy, the documentary NUCLEAR NATION and the feature film COLD BLOOM, were all shown in the Berlinale Forum section. His follow-up NUCLEAR NATION II was once again selected for this year's Berlinale Forum.

    Shaibu Husseini

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    Nigerian journalist and film critic, writing for The Guardian in Nigeria's former capital Lagos. His book on the national film culture, called “Moviedom…the Nollywood Narratives: Clips on the Pioneers” was published in 2010. Last year he was honored as the “Best Film Journalist and Nollywood Critic” at the annual Nollywood Film Festival in Germany.

    Marcelo Martinessi

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    Paraguayan director and editor, who studied film in New York and London. He has mainly been directing fiction and documentary works about Paraguay's civil war and dictatorship. His short ULTIMA STREET screened at the Berlinale Generation section in 2011 and KARAI NORTE was shown in Berlinale Shorts in 2009 and is once again presented in this year's Berlinale NATIVe section.

    Moderated by

    Oliver Baumgarten

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    German film journalist and curator. He was co-founder and editor-in-chief for the film magazine “Schnitt” and initiator and co-host of the “Filmplus” editing and montage event. He helped develop SOFA – School of Film Agents, an intensive training and workshop programme for film mediators, and was appointed programme manager of the Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken in 2014. He also curated programmes like “Celluloid Curtain”, a Goethe-Institut initiative on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall, which was presented in London, Berlin, Budapest, Vilnius, Zagreb and Helsinki.