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Kingdom keeps the same distinctive features since its first edition in
2000: during four to five days, a group of up to 100 participants
gathers to watch films and discuss them in an informal atmosphere; each
day includes screenings of films by different directors, proposing a
dialogue between their makers as well as a collective discussion
open to all participants; throughout the intensive program of
screenings and debates, the immersive experience is also built on the
relationship with the local community where the seminar takes place.
For a decade, Doc’s Kingdom was held in Serpa, in the Portuguese Alentejo region, where some of the most relevant contemporary documentary filmmakers gathered. In 2013, the Seminar took place in the Azorean islands of Faial and Pico, where the growing international community forming around Doc’s Kingdom met for a week in the middle of the ocean.
Since 2007, each Seminar adopts the title defining the starting point proposed by the film programme: “Idea of an island” in 2013, “The archive-image” in 2010, “Landscape: the work of time” in 2008, among other motives for the continuous, informal, cumulative debate. The title provides an entrance into each filmmaker’s universe and simultaneously suggests a common itinerary, so as to promote the intersection and confrontation of points of view on the cinema and the world.
Contrary to the quantitative dimension of festivals and the formatting of academic space, what is proposed here is an experience of cinema and a global human experience that will hopefully become one, bringing about a formative leap for participants: through the intensive schedule of screenings and discussions and through the opportunity to be immersed in an inspiring place, where participants are extracted from their regular contexts and able to get in touch with local culture.
The designation “Doc’s Kingdom” is a tribute to Robert Kramer.