With cultural and media industries failing to deliver on promises of diversity and inclusion, artist-activists are taking matters into their own hands. Who has the power to speak up and how can they challenge discrimination along lines of race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion and disability?
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Envision the Future! Representation, Power and Youth

Diverse on-screen representation has been shown to have a powerful social impact, especially for young people. What is the state of on-screen representation today? How can data encourage more authentic portrayals for a more diverse and empowered audiovisual industry?


Yalda T. Uhls, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Scholars & Storytellers, UCLA, USA


Inside/Outside: Storytelling, Gaze and Power in Documentary Filmmaking

In documentary filmmaking, the question of who gets to be behind the camera is of critical importance. How can we interrogate our respective insider or outsider positions and find concrete ways to center marginalized storytellers and protagonists and contest the white, cis heteronormative gaze?


Moderator: B. Ruby Rich, Editor in Chief, Film Quarterly; Professor Emerita, University of California Santa Cruz, USA

Ousmane Samassekou, Director, The Last Shelter, Mali

Signe Byrge Sørensen, Producer, Final Cut for Real, Denmark

Nefise Özkal Lorentzen, Director, Integral Film; Associate Professor, The faculty of Audiovisual Media and Creative Technologies at Innland University, Norway


The Power to Speak: A Filmmakers' Perspective

It’s more than time to critically reflect on diversity and inclusion in our industry. How can we secure power and autonomy for marginalised groups at every stage of the storytelling process? Filmmakers share their own experience and inspire us to take meaningful inclusion to the next level.


James LeBrecht, Director & Writer, Crip Camp, USA

Nicole Newnham, Director & Writer, Crip Camp, USA


Case Studies in Radical Representation

In these four parallel Ask Me Anything breakout sessions, directors of CPH:DOX-featured films come together with participants to share key challenges and lessons learned, explore the themes of representation and justice, while reflecting on what it means to create social and political impact through documentary filmmaking.


Moderator: Anna Desponds, The Catalysts, Germany

Shelly Silver, Director, Girls | Museum, USA

Mira Kremers, Protagonist, Girls | Museum, Germany

Moderator: Danielle Kourtesis, Programmer, Rooftop Films, USA/Germany

Han Yan Yuen, Director, When a City Rises, Hong Kong

Cathy Chu, Director, When a City Rises, Hong Kong

Moderator: Melissa Vey, The Catalysts, Germany

Rintu Thomas, Director, Writing with Fire, India

Sushmit Ghosh, Director, Writing with Fire, India

Suneeta Prajapati, Senior Reporter, Khabar Lahariya, India

Moderator: Yolanda Rother, Co-Founder of The Impact Company, Germany

Seyran Ateş, Seyran Ateş: Sex, Revolution and Islam, Germany

Nefise Özkal Lorentzen, Director, Integral Film; Associate Professor, The faculty of Audiovisual Media and Creative Technologies at Innland University, Norway


From Gatekeepers to Allies? Institutions & Inclusion in the Industry

Access to funding, diversity on juries, selection criteria… there is still much work to be done at the institutional level. What actions can institutions, curators and programmers take to radically and meaningfully make space for diverse perspectives in their organisations, programs and projects?


Moderator: AC Coppens, Founder, The Catalysts, Germany

Carrie Lozano, Head of Documentary Film Program, Sundance Institute, USA

Melanie Hoyes, Industry Inclusion Executive at British Film Institute; Europe Council Lead, Geena Davis Institute, UK

Lana Garland, Festival Director, Hayti Heritage Film Festival; Filmmaker, Insibah Media, USA


Taking on Power: Collaboration, Platforms and Tools for Inclusivity

Who writes, produces and distributes stories, and about whom? Building an inclusive and just audiovisual industry is a collective effort. From storytelling to production, and distribution to access, how are independent initiatives helping bring representation on screen, and with it, the industry forward?


Moderator: AC Coppens, Founder, The Catalysts, Germany

Faraz Shariat, Director, Jünglinge, Germany

Seneit Debese, CEO & Founder, Greta & Starks Apps GmbH, Germany

Roisin Tapponi, Founder, Shasha Movies, Habibi Collective, Iraq/Ireland

Donald Young, Director of Programs, Center for Asian American Media, USA


Reconnect! Networking with Speakers and Festival Friends

In this informal networking session, we celebrate reconnection within the documentary filmmaking community and beyond. Reflect on the day’s discussions and films with fellow participants and speakers, catch up with colleagues, or take the opportunity to network with new faces you’ve seen throughout the day.