The Festival Themes
At the core of Crosscuts is an understanding of film-making as research practice. Since brothers Lumière, this practice has been artistic, philosophical and technoscientific in practical ways that transcended conventional categorisations. In this spirit, we have an express purpose to enhance the approach to media, cinema and visual culture as both research and practice within and beyond the academy and especially within a Visual Environmental Humanities scope. With Crosscuts, we wish to see films, filmmaking, and film theory to be treated as critical as articulations and sense-making in environmental humanities.
In late 2018 Crosscut broke grounds for the first time in history. During three days at Bio Rio in Stockholm, hundereds of visitors enjoyed a varied programme of documentary films and discussions on themes such as media activism, postcoloniality, resource extraction, indigenous politics, plastic, relational filmmaking and much more. The overall theme was intended to put an emphasis on bridges and crossings amongst individuals, publics, communities and institutions; and, research and film projects from a range of geographies, backgrounds, genres and disciplinary, professional, political, racial and gender orientations.
The theme for the festival in 2019 is “Ruptured Times”. We are looking forward to a program with films and discussion on the Anthropocene, social movements and decolonization, postcolonialism, gentrification and much more. We are happy to announce that the program includes a film retrospective and keynote by filmmaker/Professor Trinh T Minh-ha on decolonization and environmental knowledge.
In 2019 we will also introduce the Annals of Crosscuts to continue to deepen our engagement with filmic research and theory. Annals is a new peer-reviewed publication format for film-based research. The Annals of Crosscuts is developed to support the use of film and cinema as integral practices in the critical environmental humanities.