Charles Guggenheim Symposium

2017 honoree Laura Poitras
2017 honoree Laura Poitras. Photo credit: Jan Stürmann

The AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors masters of the non-fiction art form who inspire audiences by documenting and exploring the human experience. The Symposium takes place during the documentary festival and celebrates a master documentary filmmaker and their work.

AFI DOCS will pay tribute to groundbreaking filmmaker Laura Poitras — whose latest film is the Julian Assange portrait RISK (2016) — as the festival's 2017 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. Taking place at the Newseum on June 16, 2017, the Symposium will include an in-depth conversation with Poitras along with clips from her acclaimed works. Poitras' impressive documentary catalog also includes her Academy Award®-winning Edward Snowden portrait CITIZENFOUR (2014), THE OATH (2010), MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY (2006) and FLAG WARS (2003). RISK, a six-year project following WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, was released by Neon on May 5 and will air on Showtime this summer.

The Guggenheim Symposium will be moderated by Cara Mertes, the director of Ford Foundation's JustFilms.

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Filmmaker Werner Herzog at the AFI DOCS 2016 Guggenheim Symposium

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Martin Scorsese (2006)
Barbara Kopple (2004)
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