The Newsletter 68 Summer 2014

Emerging voices from Southeast Asia: seeing a region in its documentary films

Fridus SteijlenBart Barendregt

November 2013’s issue of the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) included a theme program on ‘Emerging Voices from Southeast Asia’, featuring fourteen recent documentaries from the region and several Q&A sessions with some of the directors. In addition, Cambodian documentary fi lm director Rithy Panh was invited to comment on a retrospective of his oeuvre. Coinciding with this program the KITLV, Leiden University, IIAS and IDFA organised the seminar ‘Making History, Everyday Life and Shifting Moralities’, in which some of the filmmakers involved shared thoughts about each other’s methodologies and ongoing concerns with scholars studying Southeast Asian contemporary culture. A supplementary roundtable, on the use of fi lm in research and the classroom, took place on November 27th at the launch of LeidenGlobal.