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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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Two polaroids from Gaada by Iva Radivojevic.

Masterclass: A Secret Cinema

“Life is always spectral, my life is always spectral, and in the trace is always... Read more
MDF 2022 Programs Announced

MDF 2022 Programs Announced

Artist-focused, community-oriented, and committed to showcasing the infinite potential of nonfiction media, the third annual... Read more
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




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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