Mind the Gap 2: Rethinking Classics: Towards a More Democratic Global Canon


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Section:Mind the Gap
Behind the Screens
Festival Encore
Running Time:60 min.


Mind the Gap 2

Rethinking Classics: Towards a More Democratic Global Canon

60 min. | Free with RSVP

Screening note: This digital screening is available to view until 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 25.


For as long as there has been a film canon, it has been dominated by white heterosexual men as creatives, educators and critics. This canon has in recent times come under increased pressure to open up to a broader spectrum of authors and perspectives. Challenging this canon involves questioning the criteria and the conventions for films to be considered “worthy” of being an important film as well as who is making those decisions. This conversation explores how to shift the decision-making on what enters the international canon towards a broader, more inclusive and ultimately more democratic pool can be achieved at a global level.


MODERATOR: Victoria Thomas, Producer; Filmmaker; Lecturer



  • AMALIA CORDOVA, Programmer/Latinx Digital Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
  • KATARINA HEDRÉN, Programmer, African Film
  • JANAÍNA OLIVEIRA, Academic; Programmer, Zózimo Bulbul Black Cinema Encounter, FICINE
  • JENNI OLSON, Filmmaker; Queer Film Historian
  • LORNA TEE, Programmer, Macao International Film Festival