Documentary film and photography
Documentary film has formed an integral part of IMS’ work to promote dialogue and freedom of expression in the Arab world and Iran since 2005.
Documentary film tells stories in a way that differs from most other media genres. A documentary is ‘a slice of life’, inviting viewers into a world of significance. Documentaries can provide historical records of events, big or small, investigate unknown territory or portray ordinary lives of people around the world through in-depth narrative storytelling. Documentaries are often a platform for alternative voices and views and portray tendencies and developments in society that are usually overlooked or more difficult to cover in mainstream media.
Facilitating the collaboration between film students, Arab, Iranian and Danish filmmakers is a key feature of our documentary film-making programme in the Arab world and Iran. Our work includes support for film productions, co-productions, film workshops, a film fund based in the IMS-supported Screen Institute Beirut, and support for documentary film festivals in Arab region and Denmark. Our documentary film programme is linked to Denmark’s strong tradition of documentary film-making.
A photojournalist’s job is to tell a story with pictures. The Internet, videophones and digital photography have created new opportunities for both amateur and professional photo journalists to share their pictures with the rest of world within seconds as documentation of historic events or works of art.
The availability of new media and technology has broken down barriers in many countries where photography has traditionally been viewed with suspicion. IMS conducts photo journalism courses which aim to empower reporters and citizen journalists to tell their stories through pictures, including the legal and ethical elements of photo journalism. We support photo journalism festivals such as the annual Yangon Photo Festival in Myanmar and when circumstances have allowed it, we have organised the Cairo Photo Marathon.