This is a group to watch and discuss documentary films from around the world.
What I hope will mark this group out as distinctive, is that the documentaries we screen and discuss will be those that take different angles on what may be the mainstream views on an issue. Or that they deal with topics that do not get much coverage in the dominant media. The aim will be that no topic will be off limits.
After the screening we hope to have around 60 to 75 minutes of discussion time. We are also a discussion group, hoping to generate interesting conversation after each screening, in a context where the aim will be equality of opportunity for everyone.
In this regard we will use a facilitated format where:
1. The opening gambit: Each person, if they wish, has 1-2 minutes where they themselves can speak uninterrupted, or engage with others during this period. It is up to each individual to decide what happens during their turn if they wish to have one.
2. Then follows a period of unstructured but facilitated discussion.
This method has been chosen, one, to create a space where people can feel able to talk about their ideas without the fear of being interrupted and two, so that a few people do not dominate the content and direction of discussion. It also allows people to concentrate on listening to others, as well as thinking about what they might want to say. For some people this may get some getting used to as it is not a habit that is cultivated or practiced very often elsewhere in our lives, but can be very beneficial if it is attempted and persevered with.
After the formal part of the discussion concludes between 8.45pm and 9pm and we retire to the club bistro where some of us have dinner and continue the discussion in a less formal way.