Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Jamia Milia Islamia co-hosted this year’s most prominent film and media conference in Delhi which got over recently. The twenty-first Visible Evidence Conference travelled to the global South for the first time this year and saw many renowned filmmakers, academicians and theoreticians attending the festival.
Filmmakers and academicians such as Michael Renov, Stella Bruzzi, and Richard Fung with Indian scholars like Ranjini Majumdar and Ravi Vasudevan were present in the conference to discuss about films and media. There were quite a few themes that got discussed in the conference among which the issues related to political censorship of films, new mobile technologies, digital storytelling, media activism, performance and iconography got widely discussed and debated between the scholars.
The Evidence Conference was first held at Duke University in the year 1993 holding hands of documentary scholars Jane Gaines and Michael Renov. With editions of the conference in Los Angeles, New York, Istanbul, Stockholm and Canberra the event was a bi-annual affair initially but later it became an annual affair. The conference provides a great opportunity to engage in dialogues with different practitioners and theoreticians around the world to expand the possibilities for new directions in the study of documentary and other visual practices that are presently doing rounds of the international circle.