Guardian relaunches weekly doc shorts program

The British national daily newspaper has relaunched Guardian Documentaries, a program set to showcase new short international documentary stories from leading independent filmmakers. (Pictured: Zed Nelson's Gun Nation)
September 16, 2016

British national daily newspaper The Guardian has relaunched Guardian Documentaries, a program set to showcase new short international documentary stories, produced by leading independent filmmakers.

Produced in partnership with the Bertha Foundation, the standalone section’s lineup will consist of 12 original “longer short-form films” that address contemporary issues and raise awareness of individuals and movements making an impact on the world.

The newspaper’s in-house development team will work closely with international indie filmmakers with embedded access to produce thought-provoking films covering such topics as sport, migration and protest.

Charlie Phillips, head of documentaries at Guardian News & Media, and Bertha Foundation’s Rebecca Lichtenfeld will lead the initiative, which will see a new shorts project published to the newspaper’s website monthly.

The first doc to screen on the section is photojournalist Zed Nelson‘s Gun Nation (pictured), which journeys into the heart of the U.S. and focuses its sights on America’s heated debate around gun violence and gun control in the country.

“The launch of Guardian documentaries, and our partnership with the Bertha Foundation, demonstrates our commitment to producing longer short-form, quality documentary content from filmmakers all around the world,” said Phillips in a statement.

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