This summer, as part of its 75th-anniversary celebrations and in partnership with the BFI and Rio Cinema, Magnum presents an interrogation of its photojournalistic archives via film in a series of screenings and discussions

Magnum Photos is hosting its first UK Film Festival: Refocusing the Lens: from the Centre to the Margins from July 30–August 3 at the Rio Cinema in Dalston. The festival presents an interrogation of Magnum’s 75-year archive through five film screenings and discussions, each zooming in on issues of ethics, underrepresentation, and positionality behind the lens.

This strand takes the work of those involved in various creative mediums – photography, architecture and installation – exploring how these disciplines inform their approach to film, with a specific focus on stories centring the Mediterranean. Together, they offer observations on how the social, cultural and political, play out in contexts deemed ‘wild’ and natural, foregrounding both the aches andbonds born from human migration

In Mare-Mater (2014, 52m) photographer Patrick Zachmann traces the trajectory of his mother, born to a Jewish family in Algeria, an identity she hid upon moving to France in the post-war period. Interwoven with this personal voyage are stories of contemporary South-North migration, spanning Malta, Tunisia, Greece and Lampedusa, exploring the complex encounters of the Mediterranean, and the familial bonds which stretch across it.

+Shorts TBC

With thanks to the BFI National TV Archive

This event is part of Film Feels Curious, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.

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