Peter Spence’s ‘The Archive’ selected for screenings at NYC Doc and UK Jewish Film Festival
The Archive, a film by Peter Spence, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Production at Sheffield Hallam University has been selected for screenings later this month at DOC NYC, now the largest documentary film festival in the USA, and the UK Jewish Film Festival in London. Peter will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A at both events.
The film will screen on Saturday 09 November 2019 at Cinépolis Chelsea at part of DOC NYC, an annual 10-day documentary film festival, featuring film screenings, live conversations, extended panels and special events. DOC NYC celebrates this cultural phenomenon of documentary storytelling in all its forms and encourages its new directions. Read more here.
The UK Jewish Film Festival showcases films, documentaries and shorts reflecting the diversity of Jewish and Irsraeli life and culture. The Archive screens on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at JW3, the Jewish Community Centre London. For more information on the screening see here.
The Archive tells the incredible story of David Drucker, a lawyer in McCarthy-era America. Employed by the Soviet Union and communist China to broker trade deals with the West, his work quickly brought him to the attention of J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI. Always travelling with a Bolex 16mm camera, David captured stunning footage of newly post-revolution China. However, FBI agents were never far behind, also documenting his every move. While compiled entirely from archive materials, including Drucker’s 16mm footage as well as a de-classified FBI file, the film holds many contemporary relevancies with the America of today.
Peter Spence is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Production at Sheffield Hallam University.