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Mimesis (n.) /məˈmēsis/

Resemblance, receptivity, representation, and the act of expression. Art from life. 

Mimesis Documentary Festival

The Mimesis Documentary Festival is an immersive theatrical and virtual experience featuring in-person and at-home screenings, workshops, and conversations with documentary artists, scholars, and producers from across the world.


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Audience with Frances Flaherty at the 1954 Flaherty Seminar.

2022 Flaherty Seminar Fellowships Now Open

The Center for Documentary and Ethnographic Media, in partnership with the Department of Critical Media... Read more
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Mimesis Documentary Festival: Early Bird Submissions Now Open

Emerging from behind our screens, documentary creates new windows for experience and understanding... Discounted early... Read more
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MDF 2021 - In Review

In 2021, Mimesis held its first-ever hybrid (in-person + virtual) Documentary Festival, hosted in August... Read more




The Center for Documentary and Ethnographic Media is generously supported by the College of Media, Communication and Information, the Departments of Anthropology and Critical Media Practices, the Research and Innovation Office, and by individual contributions.

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