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IAS-Santander Visiting Fellow Tiziana Panizza

The Department of Film and Television Studies is pleased and honoured to be hosting a week-long visit by IAS — Santander Visiting Fellow Tiziana Panizza, a Chilean/Italian academic and documentary maker. She will be based in the Institute of Advanced Study, Millburn House from 6—10 June, 2011 and will also be using A0.14 in the department.

Tiziana Panizza is one of the most talented figures of the new generation of Chilean documentary filmmakers. She holds a MA in Arts and Media Practice from the University of Westminster and also studied at the prestigious International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV). She has directed award-winning documentary series for the most important television channels in Chile and has been a field-director for different documentary series on international television channels such as Discovery Channel, People & Arts and the Travel Channel. As an independent filmmaker she is interested in exploring the relationship between literature and film, which she has done by developing a series of trilogies: Visual Letters (that mixes cinematographic and epistle language); La Insidia del Sol (which explores the relation between poetry and image), and Visual Journals (essay films in the form of travelogues). Her short experimental films Dear Nonna: a film letter (2005) and Postage: a visual letter (2008) have received several awards at national and international film festivals.

She is also a distinguished scholar and Head of the MA in Documentary Film at the ICEI, Universidad de Chile. She lectures on documentary film at the Universidad Diego Portales, Universidad Catolica and the Universidad de Chile. Tiziana has also been invited to talk about Latin American documentary film and video at the University of Utrecht and at University of Portmouth. She recently published her book Joris Ivens in Chile: Documentary between poetry and social critic (2011).

Tiziana Panizza will be participating in a series of events at the University where she will be in dialogue with distinguished academics and practitioners. Please find the programme below.

*All events are FREE and open to all, but places are limited so to book a place please email


Monday 6th June: 5 – 7pm Film screening of Tiziana Panizza’s Visual Letters (Room: MI. A0.28)

Q&A with the director led by Professor John King. Followed by a wine reception

Dear Nonna: a Film Letter (Chile/UK, 2004, 15 min)
Postage: a Visual Letter [Remitente: Una Carta Visual] (Chile, 2008, 18 min.)
The Iambic Painting of Lovers [El Yámbico Jadear de los Amantes] (2010, 2.32 min.)
Plus a teaser of the last part of the Visual Letters trilogy and Tierra Sola

Tiziana’s trilogy Visual Letters, is a series of deeply poetic and intimate experimental short films shot in Super-8. They are inspired by the letters her Italian grandmother (‘nonna’ in Italian) used to read to her when she was little. About Dear Nonna, the director says ‘This was our own familiar ritual, which was stored in my memory. This is the letter I send to my grandmother, scrambled pages of a personal diary, my everyday life in a strange country. This film is a letter, from London towards Latin America’. The second part of the trilogy is a letter from Chile to her relatives in Italy, in which she creates a powerful poetic landscape of the city of Santiago de Chile, captured at one of the most important moments in the country’s recent history: Pinochet’s death in 2006. The Iambic Painting of Lovers, made in collaboration with poet Germán Carrasco is a short found footage video-poem made from old porn films and is part of her Insidia del Sol trilogy.

Tuesday 7th June: 10am – 6.30pm ‘Memory, History and the Documentary Image’ One Day Symposium (Room: MI. A0.28)

A dialogue between academia, artists and filmmakers.

How societies remember and forget has been a major concern in the last few decades both within and beyond academia. Indeed, this interest has been such that an author such as Andreas Huyssen has termed it a ‘memory boom’ period. Undoubtedly, the moving image plays a fundamental role in preserving and creating individual and cultural memories. This event will gather both academics and practitioners working with film and video to discuss critically the complex and intimate connection between the documentary image and memory.

Speakers: Professor Jens Andermann (Birkbeck, University of London), Professor John Corner (University of Liverpool), Professor Stella Bruzzi (University of Warwick) Jasper Rigole (artist), Sarah Turner (University of Kent, academic and filmmaker) and Tiziana Panizza (Universidad de Chile, academic and filmmaker).

The symposium will include screenings of Perestroika (2009), Postage: A Visual Letter (2008) and Paradise Recollected (2008).

Click here for a complete schedule of the day.

Wednesday 8th June: 5pm - Departmental Research Seminar - ‘Alternative Video’ in Latin America: TELEANÁLISIS, Images of the Invisible Country

Click here to see the abstract.

Thursday 9th June: 10am - 5pm ‘Documentary, politics, poetics: Joris Ivens and his legacy’ One Day Workshop (including screenings) (IAS Seminar Room, Milburn House)

The focus of this workshop is the importance of this major documentary filmmaker both within and beyond European cinema. An indefatigable man and a strongly politically committed artist, Ivens filmed in 21 countries and taught around the world, including Cuba, Chile and China. One cannot understand his documentary practice without also understanding his political engagement: he lived for almost a century (1898- 1989) and witnessed with his eyes and his camera some of the most important revolutions to shape the political landscape of the 20th century. This workshop will bring together distinguished guest speakers Kees Bakker and Professor Michael Chanan who, in dialogue with Tiziana Panizza, will revisit and discuss the centrality of this fascinating figure of cinema history, with a particular focus on his presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. The event will include the screenings of Cuba, Pueblo Armado (1961) and …A Valparaiso (1963).

Click here for a complete schedule of the day.

All events are FREE. For further information contact Stella Bruzzi at or Elizabeth Ramirez at

For travel information to the University of Warwick and details of the campus please visit the University website

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