Frames of Representation (FoR): New Visions for Documentary Cinema

21 Apr 2017 – 29 Apr 2017



Frames of Representation (FoR) is a film festival which showcases new forms of documentary cinema and invites discussion around the issues represented on screen.

Frames of Representation (FoR) will return to the ICA this year for its second instalment. The ground-breaking documentary film festival includes UK and international premieres profiling filmmakers from Argentina, Denmark, Poland, India and more. After a successful first edition in 2016, attended by more than 2,000 visitors, the festival will give audiences the opportunity to engage with pioneering documentary filmmakers alongside a diverse programme of screenings. Every year, the film selection and discussions are structured around a complex social issue. This year the festival theme will consider the contemporary state of 'working'.


The theme aims to question the value of work in contemporary culture and the human role within work. The festival will focus on questions around the global social divisions of: working for a living, life as work and living while longing for work. What happens when the work of others is presented as a spectacle through cinema? Can cinema be a means of relating to the struggle of production? How can filmmakers themselves represent and interrogate the ambiguities of modern industry and ‘post-work’ cultures?


FoR 2017 will include a special focus on Argentina’s vibrant film scene, reflecting resurgent methodologies of documentary cinema. The 2017 festival will also be collaborating with Radio Atlas, a platform for visualised radio who will present a unique and innovative programme of radio documentaries.


The opening night of this year’s FoR Festival, on 21 April, will present the UK premiere of the visually astonishing Machines (IDFA, Sundance) by Rahul Jain. Rahul’s first feature work is a daunting look behind the doors of a textile factory in India, exploring the meaning of modern day labour, exploitation and the human cost of mass production in our globalized world.


Full Programme to be announced on 16 March 2017


More details about content, titles and premieres taking place as part FoR 2017 programme will be released in March.

Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #FoR17


Frames of Representation Film Festival 2017 is curated by Nico Marzano, supported by Luke W Moody and presented in academic partnership with CHASE (Consortium for the Arts and Humanities South-East England).

Supported by Polish Cultural Institute in London

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