Truth and Film – Danish Film School

The ‘Truth & Film’ symposium (June 22-23) will bring together leading international filmmakers from documentary, fiction, and visual arts at the National Film School of Denmark to engage in discussions about cinematic truthfulness, current global challenges, and the possibilities for film to serve as a relevant source of understanding and engagement with the world around us.

Social media, live-streamed mass violence, and misinformation created by AI and other technologies like deepfakes are bringing us into a whole new era as a society. Images not only reflect but also drive new forms of development in the world. What does this mean for cinema, and what role can and should film play in this new context?

On 22-23 June, the National Film School of Denmark will welcome the first-ever Arab woman with two Oscar nominations, Venice and Cannes winner Kaouther Ben Hania (‘Four Daughters’, ‘The Man who Sold His Skin’), double Cannes winner Cristian Mungiu (‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’; ‘R.M.N.’ ), Sundance winners Kirsten Johnson (director of ‘Cameraperson’, who also was director of photography on the Oscar-winning ‘Citizen Four’) and Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (‘The Viewing Booth’; ‘The Law in These Parts’), the prominent visual artist Yuri Ancarani (‘Atlantis’; ‘Il Popolo delle Donne’), and award-winning editor, director, producer, and writer Tabitha Jackson, who recently served as Director of the Sundance Film Festival.

We are facing a truth crisis and we are bombarded with daily sensational and polarising content that threatens to limit our curiosity and understanding of the world around us. Our guest-directors refuse to be drowned in the flood of disinformation, and against this backdrop, we invite the film industry to challenge the status quo and redefine what makes film credible, risk-taking, and relevant to audiences. We look forward to an inspiring symposium weekend, which is important at a time when trust in the media is shrinking.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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