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Mimesis (n.) /məˈmēsis/

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

Mimesis Documentary Festival 2021

The second annual Mimesis Documentary Festival, presented August 4-10, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado, 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.


News and Events

Man on bed with filmmaker Lynne Sachs visible in a mirror in the background. Still from Sachs's doucmentary Film About a Father Who (2020).

MDF2021 Program Announced!

Still from opening night artist Lynne Sachs's Film About a Father Who (2020). We're excited... Read more
Headshot of Pedro Costa.

Announcing MDF2021 Featured Artist: Pedro Costa

The Mimesis Documentary Festival is excited to announce our 2021 Featured Artist: internationally acclaimed Portuguese... Read more
On location (2019) at the San Francisco de Asís Mission Church in Taos during the Christmas Las Posadas celebration.

Doc on Campus: A World in the Evening

Stills from work-in-process A World in The Evening by Daniel Boord (Professor Emeritus Critical Media... 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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