The Filmmaker Gaze - documentary panel | BFI London Film Festival 2021

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Depicting the truth is most often the driving force behind non-fiction film. This panel explores the meaning of ‘truth’ when a filmmaker is making a film about themselves, or someone in their immediate family, and asks how truth and memory come together to make reality.

This panel, filmed during the 2021 BFI London Film Festival (in association with American Express) brings together three of the documentary filmmakers featured in the LFF2021 programme who have all made intimate portraits of themselves or of people they know well:

Jide Tom Akinleminu (When a Farm Goes Aflame)
Sam Firth (The Wolf Suit)
Ahmet Necdet Cupur (Les Enfants Terribles)

The discussion will be chaired by Shanida Scotland, Head of Film at Doc Society.
Period8 Oct 2021
Event titleBFI London Film Festival: 2021
Event typeOther
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Documentary
  • family
  • truth
  • non-fiction
  • first person
  • filmmaking