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26 Feb 2007

Oxdox:MK International Documentary Film festival to be broadcast from The Open University

Ox-Dox International Film Festival

Ox-Dox International Film Festival

The Open University will host the 2007 Oxford International Documentary Film Festival (OXDOX:MK) by screening and broadcasting 26 films from its Berrill Lecture Theatre over a two-week period.

On March 21, OXDOX:MK at the Berrill Lecture Theatre will premiere The Planet, a film that documents environmental damage to Earth. It will be digitally broadcast around the planet, using technology that will change the way cinemas operate.

Marie-Louise Wright, director, OXDOX:MK added: “It is really exciting that through the pioneering technology led by The Open University, the Oxdox:MK festival is able to showcase this first live international discussion between cinema audiences around the globe. I can’t imagine a more appropriate place to screen the best documentaries from around the world. “

Films entered this year are centred on themes of The City, China (by Chinese directors), The Environment, Space and a series of films on women in Islamic countries, “Behind Walls”, (all directed by Islamic directors). The film series opens at noon on March 12 with “Behind Walls: Turkey” followed by a discussion of the film led by its producers.

A number of Open University academics will take part in the discussion of the films. Professor of space science John Zarnecki will lead the discussion on the evening of March 12 following a screening of a film on Russian space projects.

On March 22, Professor of transport strategy Stephen Potter will contribute to an evening forum Our Space on the future of cities.

Showings are from 12:00-14:00 on March 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23. Admission to all daytime screenings are free.

Evening showings on the same dates run from 7pm, tickets available at the door.

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