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2012/10/08
2012/09/28
2012/09/27

In a time when the future of public television in Portugal is yet to be decided - and the question of privatising RTP1 and extinguishing RTP2 is also on the table - Doclisboa'12 promotes a round table on this subject during the Festival.

On the one hand our goal is to launch a public debate on the continuity of a public broadcasting service and, on the other, on the continuity of a specific work linking television and documentary production, through the identification and analysis of the consequences of this situation and of its social and political consequences.

Apordoc - Associação pelo Documentário carried out a survey among Portuguese audiovisual producing companies that revealed "the contribution of RTP2 for national documentary objectively: over the last six years, RTP2 worked with 110 directors/producers, and participated - at a lower or a higher level - in the financial structure of 180 documentaries, including 30 series, encompassing national and contemporary subjects, mapping the country's social, environmental, and cultural reality, and its History and collective memory as well."

On the relevance of such debate, Apordoc believes it is vital to ask "which is the cost-effective connection of extinguishing RTP2 when, as a matter of fact, this network has been the closest we have had to a public broadcasting service. (...) Quoting the Public Broadcasting Service Concession Contract, signed in 2008 and valid thru 2024, 'the Public Broadcasting Service must be a quality reference and must not abide to a market approach. In a diversified society such as the Portuguese one, it must also fulfil its social and cultural goals and help to forming motivated, demanding, and pro-active audiences.'»

According to Apordoc, «the current RTP2 direction commitment policy for documentary production has helped to increasing the presence of this genre in Portugal, and our audiovisual and film heritage, (...) as well as to supporting some of our film and audiovisual producing companies. To stop this line of work would be a step backwards forgetting the crucial factor of every cultural policy: long-term thinking.»

 

Marcel Hanoun (1929-2012)
2012/09/25

Marcel Hanoun has passed away, this week, at the age of 82. Doclisboa'12 pays tribute to this great french filmmaker and will present Cello (international debut).

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