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Challenging Documentaries: Alternative Perspectives, Ethical Filmmaking and Creative Development

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Taghi Amirani made his directorial debut in 1989 on Channel 4 with ‘Earth Calling Basingstoke’ a quirky look at the extraterrestrial lives of English amateur astronomers. He has since made 35 films, one fiction short, and a handful of commercials. Among his documentaries are ‘The Dispossessed’, shot in a Taliban controlled refugee camp in 2001, and ‘Watch This Space’ about the historic comet crash of 1994. Taghi has been a jury member at the International Emmys, Royal Television Society, One World Media Awards and Sheffield DocFest. In 2010 he was awarded a TED Senior Fellowship.

Clive Patterson After graduating from university and spending 3 1/2 years travelling and living abroad, Clive undertook a 2 month placement at October Films in 2008, before being taken on by Insight News TV as an intern. Within a year he had co-produced his first news feature for BBC Newsnight. This was quickly followed by a documentary for Al- Jazeera International called ‘Return to Rwanda’, which he produced, co-filmed and edited. His latest project is a Channel 4 Dispatches on homosexuality in Africa, for which he is Associate Producer.

Tom Feiling Tom is a writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker. He spent a year living and working in Colombia before making Resistencia: Hip-Hop in Colombia, which won numerous awards at film festivals around the world, and was broadcast in four countries. In 2003 he became Campaigns Director for the TUC ’s Justice for Colombia campaign, which organizes for human rights in Colombia. In 2009, Penguin Books published his first book, The Candy Machine: How Cocaine Took over the World.

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