Jocelyn Ford’s documentary about a Tibetan Mother’s experience in Beijing.


We screened Jocelyn Ford’s documentary on Thursday 5th February to a small, animated and international audience at the Mockingbird Theatre. The panel brought together an interesting, and highly interdisciplinary, group of people. It was chaired by Naomi Standen, and included Martin Rew, Sarah Dauncey and me (Michele Aaron).

15_02_05 Birmingham panel sarah dauncey naomi standon jf michelle

Putting the film in the context of contemporary social history (as well as the legacies of the past), women’s rights and film practices, proved invaluable in appreciating its significance. The experience of Zanta (the Tibetan woman at the heart of the film) as it is presented here to the world, exists at the convergence of these contexts. Yet the film is also about Jocelyn, the North American journalist and first-time director, who embeds herself in the documentary. Nowhere to Call Home is in this way a fascinating example of how the documentarian might navigate personal implication and the geo-politics of such story-telling.

Here is the audio track from that panel. Apologies for the poor sound quality, but let us know what you think about the issues that are raised.

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