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Hybrid News: Documenting True Events

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

    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.


    Oliver Baumgarten

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    Oliver Baumgarten is a film journalist and curator. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the film magazine Schnitt and an initiator and co-host of the Filmplus festival. He helped develop the training initiative School of Film Agents (SOFA) and was appointed programme manager of the Max Ophüls Preis film festival in Saarbrücken in 2014. He also curated the Goethe-Institut’s film series “Celluloid Curtain,” which toured London, Berlin, Budapest, Vilnius, Zagreb and Helsinki.

    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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    Marcelo Martinessi is a Paraguayan director and screenwriter who studied cinema at the London Film School. His short films revolving around literature and memory have been shown at the Berlinale and other festivals. He was the director of Paraguay’s first public television, from the beginning of the project until the 2012 coup d’état. Capturing his nation’s trauma during that political chaos, he made LA VOZ PERDIDA, which won Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival in 2016.