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Phoebe Braithwaite is openDemocracy’s submissions editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Unorthodocs

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A still from one of the Unorthodocs films, 'Chuck Norris versus Communism'.

openDemocracy is partnered with Unorthodocs, a programme of film screenings and events that asked why so many award-­winning documentaries never get shown on British TV.

Curated in partnership with Dartmouth Films, London's Somerset House hosted six documentary screenings from 1 January to 21 March 2016.

These films reveal documentary-­making at its most innovative and imaginative. They have won awards, been screened at international festivals, but have never made it onto British television. Why?

Still the enemy within: the strike that split Britain

'Still the Enemy Within', on the 1984-5 Miners' Strike, will be screened at London's Somerset House on 7th March. Two filmmakers who worked on the award-winning documentary tell the story. 

Joshua Oppenheimer's moral intervention

The Look of Silence confirms Oppenheimer’s status as one of the most ambitious filmmakers of his generation. His cinematic approach aims at nothing less than a reconciliation between the Indonesian people.
Part of our partnership with the Unorthodocs programme of screenings and events.

Family secrets: a video interview with Karen Guthrie

Karen Guthrie’s film The Closer We Get (2015) offers a rare insight into her family’s story and the secret that her father kept hidden from the family for so long. Part of our partnership with the Unorthodocs programme of screenings and events.

Does British TV have a problem with independent documentary?

The Unorthodocs season at Somerset House features acclaimed documentaries never seen on British TV. Are UK broadcasters denying audiences access to a golden age of independent film-making?

Black deaths: still fighting for justice in the UK

Ken Fero's award-winning films about black deaths at the hands of the police in Britain record the continuing struggle to get justice. They have never been broadcast in the UK. Part of our partnership with the Unorthodocs programme of screenings and events.

Chuck Norris vs. Communism

A documentary that takes us inside communist Romania claims a trend for illicit Hollywood 'movie nights' helped spark a revolution. Part of openDemocracy's partnership with Unorthodocs.

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