Gallery: Doc Media Centre 6 Week Pop-Up

Documentary Media Centre operates on the ‘community of practice’ model:

  • it identifies globally active documentarians operating across Latin America, West & East Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia.
  • it offers researchers access to this documentary media content – documentary film, photography, audio and new media.
  • it organizes pop-up ‘showcase’ events throughout the year..

Documentary Media is the intersection of stories focused on real people, real places and real events through:

  • documentary film
  • documentary photography
  • documentary audio
  • documentary new media

Reportage Club: Paul Reilly

I’m hosting the final event of the 6 week Highcross pop-up on Friday 8th March.

Start time: 6.30pm

My ‘in-conversation’ with Paul Reilly will focus on his ongoing work on digital media and political polarisation in Northern Ireland.

Paul is an Academic studying media and crisis communication, Northern Irish online groups, online research ethics, YouTube and sousveillance.

Paul speaking at #docmedia2014

You can follow Paul on Twitter @PaulJReilly



Reportage Club: Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan

Please join me for a Reportage Club ‘in-conversation’ event with Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan on Thursday 28th February from 6pm.

The event is hosted in the Documentary Media Centre pop-up, Shires Lane, Highcross Leicester.

Zinthiya will be discussing her book, ‘Bodies as Sites of War‘, her work around Women & Girls issues including FGM, Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage through the Zinthiya Trust, and her international work in Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Please email: if you wish to attend.

There is seating for 18 people and will be allocated on a ‘first-come-first-reserved’ basis.




Reportage Club: Julian Harrison

Please join me for a Reportage Club ‘in-conversation’ event with Julian Harrison on Monday 4th March from 6pm.

The event is hosted in the Documentary Media Centre pop-up, Shires Lane, Highcross Leicester.

Julian will be discussing the research around his book ‘Suspended Disbelief’, his on-going research trips to Eastern Europe and the role of women in the White Rose – a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in the Third Reich led by a group of students and a Professor at the University of Munich.

Please email: if you wish to attend.

There is seating for 18 people and will be allocated on a ‘first-come-first-reserved’ basis.

Julian Harrison presents images from his Eastern European research trips #docmedia2016



Documentary Media Centre Pop-Up

John Coster explains the ‘Parallel Lives‘ project with its support of global documentarians.

The project is part of the 6 week pop-up ‘Documentary Media Centre’ installation at Highcross Leicester.

Thanks to the Communication Arts BA (Hons) students who gave up their free time to record my thoughts.

Tuesday 6th November: After the Conflict

Join us for this documentary media showcase on what happens ‘After the Conflict’……how do people return home, what do they find….how do they continue to live?

Drawing on personal stories from Bosnia to Cambodia, Rwanda to the Rohingya.

Venue: DMU Campus, Mill Studios MS0.25

Start time: 6pm FREE entry – open to students, staff & public.

Documentary film showcase screening of Back to Bosnia in partnership with DMU Community and Criminal Justice Division and the Global Peace and Transitional Justice Research Group.

‘Back to Bosnia’ (67 mins)

Filmmaker Sabina Vajraca documents her Bosnian Muslim family’s return to their home of Banja Luka, Bosnia, to recover their stolen belongings many years after being forced to flee to the United States in this riveting film. In Bosnia, they witness the devastation of the city, visit war crimes sites, and confront the family that has been living in their former apartment — with all their furnishings — for a decade.

Kim Sadique, Head of Community & Criminal Justice (Acting) will introduce the film and briefly discuss her recent trip to Bosnia as a Community Champion with Remembering Srebrenica.









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Wednesday 7th November: Podcast ‘Live’

Doc Media Festival Podcast ‘Live’ event in partnership with Dr. Rob Watson, Decentered Media.

Venue: DMU Campus, Mill Studios MS0.25

Start time: 6.30pm FREE entry – open to students, staff & public.


The panel will discuss the role of documentary media (film, photography, audio and new media) and screen trailers & short clips of their work:

Ulrike Kubatta, Documentary Filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in Film & Media Practice, DMU

Daniel Clifford, Programme Delivery Coordinator (Midlands), Into Film Birmingham

Catherine Taylor, Film & Audio Practitioner

Christopher Bevan, Director/Filmmaker YSP Media




Thursday 8th November: BURKINABÈ RISING

Documentary film showcase screening of ‘BURKINABÈ RISING: the art of resistance in Burkina Faso’

Directed by Iara Lee (Cultures of Resistance Films)

Venue: DMU Campus, Mill Studios MS0.25

Start time: 6pm FREE entry – open to students, staff & public.

A small landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists, musicians, engaged citizens who carry on the revolutionary spirit of Thomas Sankara, killed in a coup d’état led by his best friend and advisor Blaise Compaoré, who then ruled the country as an autocrat for 27 years, till a massive popular insurrection led to his removal.

Today, the spirit of resistance and political change is mightier than ever and it permeates every aspect of the Burkinabe life.

It is an inspiration, not only to Africa, but to the rest of the world.

Another News Story

I enjoyed (not really the right word) this excellent documentary screened at Phoenix Cinema – part of the 2018 Journeys Festival International in Leicester. Thanks to Oli Page for the invitation to the screening and opportunity to facilitate the post-screening Q&A with Dimple Patel.

Another News Story takes a fresh view of the European refugee crisis. The film opens in 2015 Greece as refugees arrive on the idyllic island of Lesbos and follows refugees into Hungary and Croatia and across  Europe to a hoped-for sanctuary. The film chronicles a journey beset by physical deprivation and danger, bureaucratic and political obstacles and thousands of miles of uncertainty. As the refugees wind their way across Europe they are accompanied by a pack of fellow travellers – reporters, camera-operators, producers and news vans. As he too travels alongside the refugees debut British director, Orban Wallace, turns the camera in a new direction: the world’s 24-hour news gatherers in pursuit of the breaking story.

Q&A with Dimple Patel after the screening – part of the 2018 Journeys Festival International at Phoenix Cinema, Leicester.

Please see below a number of articles written on the film: