Vijzelstraat 68
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1017 HL

On Friday 21 November 2008, cultural organization Mediamatic in Amsterdam is hosting a special lecture evening with two highly praised documentary directors.

Cassian Harrison (Britain from Above) and Maartje Nevejan (Couscous & Cola and Couscous Global) are two documentary directors who initiated truly new ways of making documentaries. They will show and discuss the production of their latest projects. Lectures start at 20.00 hrs.

Cassian Harrison directed episodes of the amazing BBC documentary series Britain from Above (aired August 2008). Unique about the series is its use of tools, along with film cameras, to creatively treat the actuality of life in Britain. Satellite data, GPS tracks, air traffic logs, demographic statistics and more are all employed to gorgeously visualize patterns in current British landscapes and urbanscapes. Cassian Harrison will present and discuss the making of Britain from Above.

Maartje Nevejan made the documentary series Couscous & Cola, that was broadcasted worldwide by Al Jazeera in 2007 and nominated for the prestigious Emmy Award in 2008. The broadcast provoked reactions from young people from all over the planet, which led Maartje Nevejan to start up Couscous Global, a hugely successful platform where young people from all continents debate their lives and the state the world is in through personal online videos.

These lectures are an extra Mediamatic event in the context of the Any Media Documentary workshop @ IDFA that will start in the morning of November 21.

No admission. Please RSVP at the Mediamatic website if you want to come to these lectures in the evening.

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Added by Mediamatic on November 17, 2008