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Monday 8 June, 2020
We are writing this update on what's on-line in June under the heavy cloud of so much trauma in the world, hoping that at least this can be a time for some meaningful change.
Curated recommendations
It's now been a week of protests around the world in the wake of George Floyd's death. We're noting the role that documentaries can play in informing and galvanizing, and we've shared this list of docs available online that have helped educate us on civil rights, history and racism in the UK and the US - Docs to Watch: #BlackLivesMatter.
You can also find other recent recommendation lists up on our blog, including short docs and feature length docs for Mental Heath Awareness week, the works of Denmark's Maestro of experimental documentray Jørgen Leth and Docs to Watch: From the Archives, which ties into this month's filmmaking competition - more on that below. 

Watch Parties
Our next watch party is a free online preview of a film which feels vitally relevant right now in many ways. Matt Wolf's Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project explores the life of African American civil rights activist Marion Stokes, and questions the way that news is created and consumed in the era of the 24-hour news cycle. 
Our watch party on 12th June will be followed by an online Q&A with Matt Wolf, and it'll be the first outing for the brand new Bertha DocHouse streaming portal, where we can all watch the film and Q&A together. Sign up here to get the instructions you'll need to join us on the 12th.
On Friday 19th, we're joining forces with the High Commission of Canada in the UK to mark Refugee Week with a watch party screening of Inside My Heart, which follows the journeys of three families fleeing Syria and Afghanistan. The film will be followed by a discussion between director Debra Kellner and Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, UNHCR's Representative to the UK.
Our final watch party of the month will be a preview of acclaimed director David France's Welcome to Chechnya, which follows the activists risking their lives to confront anti-LGBTQ persecution in Chechnya. The watch party on Friday 26th will be followed by a Q&A with David France - save the date, it'll be on sale soon. 
DocHouse Conversations
The next episode of our DocHouse Conversations podcast will be released on Weds 10th, featuring an interview with Open City Documentary Festival's Director of Film Programme Oliver Wright
While you're waiting, you can catch up on previous episodes including Episode 4 with director Dan Reed (Leaving Neverland) and Episode 5 in which Carol Nahra speaks to a panel of filmmakers about their experiences navigating their projects through a world in lockdown. 
Competition + workshops
This month's filmmaking competition is well under way, and this time we're asking people to dig into the archive to respond to the theme 'New Reveries: The Power of Archive Now'. 
An image of old film reels rolled out over an illuminating white background. It is difficult to see what the black-and-white images on the reels are, but the repeated patterns they make are pretty.
As well as offering some creative inspiration in the form of recommended viewing, we've put together a series of workshops on making docs using archive material.  You can watch Dr Shane O'Sullivan's excellent talk here, and keep an eye on our strand page for more from London's Screen Archive's David Whorlow, coming soon.
The deadline for competition entries is 25th June.
More activities will be announced throughout the month, and we'll keep sharing news and materials online