A program of short stories that would never have existed without the internet.
Katerina Cizek collaborates with doctors and patients to capture the stories of a Toronto hospital in the National Film Board of Canada’s pioneering Filmmaker in Residence initiative.
The Filmmaker-in-Residence program is an alternative model of media-making. This collaborative initiative is the National Film Board of Canada’s effort to reach out to communities and places media creation into the hands of citizens – the agents of true social change. For this first project, documentary filmmaker Katerina Cizek took up “residence” at the St. Michael Hospital in Toronto, working with doctors, nurses, researchers, and patients.
Visitors can crisscross through her story at their own tempo, viewing texts, photographs, sound collages, and video images. Cizek follows three organizations that are connected with the hospital at various levels in the community. She joins Brendon, a police officer, and Ellen, a psychiatric nurse, as they work together on the Mobile Crisis Intervention Team. She also accompanies doctors from Dignitas International to Malawi, where the hospital makes its spearheading contribution to the struggle against HIV/AIDS.
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IDFA DocLab is the New Media program of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Since 2007, the program showcases new forms of documentary storytelling and interactive media art, both online and offline. During the IDFA Festival in November, DocLab presents a competition program for Digital Documentary Storytelling, live cinema events, interactive installations, workshops and industry panels. The program is open to all media that can be used to tell a documentary story.