Narrative Imaginings and Film

24. Mai, 08:00

 An introductory experiential workshop exploring the relationship between the filmmaker and their project


Through a series of carefully crafted exercises film makers are invited to explore their project in a guided way that focuses on disrupting the dominant ways of talking about creative processes and projects. This workshop assists filmmakers coming into relationship with their projects; uncovering responses to challenges and re-imagining their projects in multidirectional ways to resist dominant expectations and singular truths.

Film makers frequently share that they value the way these conversations assist them in both articulating their local personal vision and approach whilst bringing into sharper focus how their work is situated in the wider cultural, political and social spheres.

“Perhaps I can reflect upon this with comparison to the project development workshops I’ve been involved in. Normally…the filmmaker and/or the producer presents the project in 7 minutes pitching format…we mainly focus on the narrative structure, both for the actual film and pitching presentation: the character, the conflicts, the visual style etc…However, we rarely question the filmmaker’s own position, her/his relationship to subjects/crew, and how this relates to their own stories. Now, I realise how important this can be...Poh Lin has carefully and gently brought together some of the most important aspects regarding the process and film itself. This must be absolutely revealing and extremely helpful for the filmmaker...”

Ahmet Gurata, Professor of Film, University of Agder, Norway

Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy is a collection of anti-oppressive, social justice practices. Narrative therapy seeks to invite through collaborative inquiry an understanding of people’s lives which offers multi-storied accounts and often shines light on the alternative, neglected stories that have been overshadowed by one particular dominant story. 

Through drawing attention to the ways in which we are shaped by our experiences, relationships and wider socio-political discourse we can step into creative possibilities for life and identity. In honoring personal, family and cultural practices and legacies we can find local ways of staying connected to ideas, values, intentions and commitments that sustain us through difficult times. 

Coloured by images, metaphors, significant figures and embodied experience narrative therapy attends to the multifaceted telling of stories that moves us closer to our preferred way of being in the world.

Who is this workshop for?   Film makers in all their varied forms and approaches. You are requested to attend the workshop with one particular project in mind regardless of the stage of development. 

Venue: Filmhaus Köln, Maybachstr. 111, 50670 Köln

Time: 10am - 6pm (incl. lunch)

Number of participants: Maximum 8 

Costs: 100 € full price (6 places), 70 € reduced rate (2 places)

Concept and Realization

Poh Lin Lee 

Poh comes to the practice through multiple experiences and relationships as a narrative therapy practitioner, social worker, co-researcher of injustice/trauma/displacement, writer, teacher, film protagonist and creative consultant.

Poh has been engaged in therapeutic co-research with people and communities responding to themes of experience such as family and state violence, displacement (from rights, land, home, body, identity, relationships), liminality and reclaiming practices of staying with experience and preference. Creative and therapeutic fields intersected for Poh whilst working with people seeking asylum within a film project with director Gabrielle Brady, Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018).

Poh is currently on the teaching faculty of Dulwich Centre; the teaching faculty & Board of Re-authoring Teaching; honorary clinical fellow of the School of Social Work, University of Melbourne and a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Latin American Journal of Clinical Social Work. Poh is a sessional facilitator for KHM Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany; Dokomotive Collective Cologne, Germany; VCA Film and Television, Australia; Attagirl for female and non-binary filmmakers; DocX Archive Lab Duke University, North Carolina and The Flaherty, New York, USA. 

Registration and Payment:

Open until 28th of April

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