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Tuesday 12 May, 2020
As we brace for news of a continuing lockdown, here's what you can expect to find online from Bertha DocHouse during the month of May. 
Our watch parties have gone from strength to strength, with lively Q&A discussions now broadcast across various platforms, and recordings available to watch after the event on our online hub. We loved talking to Penny LaneKim Longinotto and Mila Turajlic over the last few weeks.
Next up, we've chosen a searing look at the immense political power wielded by the wealthy corporate elite in the USA. 2012's Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream is still essential viewing today, and we're thrilled that director Alex Gibney will be joining us for an online Q&A on Friday 15th May. Sign up now to receive all the login details you'll need to join the conversation.
A portly African American man walks up to the entrance of a run-down looking apartment complex. Either side of the image is framed by tall, red metal gates
We have more watch parties and great Q&As in the pipeline, including a collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival on Wednesday 27th. Full details and 'how to watch' coming soon. 
Behind the scenes we're also working hard to develop a new way to stream docs ourselves, which should mean that by this time next month we'll have some exciting previews and new collaborations to let you all know about. Watch this space.
We've just announced that the next episode of our regular podcast, DocHouse Conversations, will feature British director Dan Reed (Leaving Neverland, 2019), who'll be talking to podcast host Carol Nahra about his long career in docs. 
You can read more about Dan's work on our blog, here, before the episode is released on Wednesday 13th.
If you've missed the previous DocHouse Conversations episodes, you can catch up on Daisy Asquith, Orlando Von Einsiedel and Victoria Mapplebeck.
Curated recommendations
We're getting feedback that people are enjoying having a little guidance to help them navigate the vast sea of films available to watch online at the moment, and we love nothing more than recommending our favourite documentaries. 
Our latest list features docs which put filmmakers in the frame, and you can find docs about our beloved London, docs about rebels with a cause and docs to explore the world from your living room all up on the blog. 
You'll also find a fantastic list of docs you can use in home learning there, which is part of our new DocHouse Kids strand. If you know anyone who might be interested in documentaries for kids of all ages, please help them find their way to our new DocHouse Kids facebook group which is teeming with recommendations of great short docs.
We've just announced the winner of our latest lockdown filmmaking competition, on the theme 'inventive connections' - Marina Shupac's 'Box of Strawberries' explores the UK's ambivalent relationship with countries like Romania and Moldova. You can watch it on our instagram now, and find the runners up going up in the next few days.
We'll be launching a new filmmaking competion tomorrow, this time with a focus on archive filmmaking. Follow our social channels or sign up to the newsletter to get all the info on that when it's released this Wednesday.
Pub Quiz
Bet you never saw that one coming? We're missing the sociability of the Bertha DocHouse space and couldn't wait to trade some doc trivia with the wider world, so this month we're launching the Bertha DocHouse pub quiz.
The first quiz will be next Wednesday, 13th May and we'd love you to join! Seven daring, fictionless rounds will cover all things from documentary series to music docs and some pretty debatable reviews. 
This first edition is geared towards friends and core DocHouse followers, so if you are interested in joining us (playing solo or with an online team) just join the DocHouse WhatsApp Social group. Please note: By joining, your number will be visible to other members