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Centre for Documentary Research

About us

The Centre for Documentary Research at QUB was launched on April 4th 2017. It is an initiative that offers a space to debate issues and organise activities around the study and practice of documentary film. Our team in interdisciplinary, with interests in Film, Languages, English and History. We are scholars, students, curators and practitioners of documentary film, with interests including mental health, conflict, experimental film, Brazilian protest films, new media and interactivity. We intend to run workshops, screenings, seminars, and conferences; contribute to publications; and, of course, make documentary films.


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Recent Events

'Right Now I Want to Scream - Police and Army Killings in Rio: the Brazil Haiti', 2020
The UK/Irish premiere of our AHRC-funded film, Right Now I Want to Scream - Police and Army Killings in Rio: the Brazil Haiti Connection (62 mins, 2020) on Nov 9th:
The Brazil premiere is on Nov 12th:

‘Wide media coverage for Don Duncan's factual animation "Gail"’, 2020 Don Duncan

The Belfast Telegraph, the BBC, Northern Visions TV and RTÉ have all covered the animated mini-documentary "Gail", co-directed and produced by CDR member, Don Duncan. The film also screened at the QFT cinema in Belfast as a pre-feature short and is currently available to watch on the QFT player


'Talk on 'Wang Bing’s 15 Hours and the Chimera of Endlessness', 2020

Talk by Dr Erika Balsom, Kings College London in the Queen's Film Theatre, QUB.

Picture: Still from Wang Bing’s 15 Hours and the Chimera of Endlessness

'The Whistleblower', 2019 Frank Delaney 

Frank Delaney’s The Whistleblower (2019) won the New York Radio Awards Silver Media Human Rights Category and on Amnesty International Global Media Awards Shortlist.

More Information on the Whistleblower


'Armagh Stories: Voices from the Gaol', 2019 

Discussion after a screening of the film at Market House Theatre, Armagh, 2019. For more information visit

‘Citizenship and Surveillance: the Camera as Witness', 2017

A one day international conference, in collaboration with the Documentary Film Institute, State University of San Francisco.

Picture: Participants at the ‘Camera as Witness’ conference (2017)


'Residency for Brazilian documentary filmmaker', 2017 Maria Augusta Ramos 

For more information visit Belfast Brazilian Cineclub

Picture: Still from Maria Augusta Ramos’s Morro Dos Prazeres (2014)


A Selection of Recent Outputs

"Gail", 2020 Don Duncan

Don Duncan has co-directed and produced the first in a series of animated mini-documentaries about the experience of unionists and Protestants learning Irish in Belfast. This first animation tells the story of Gail, a woman from East Belfast who attended her first Irish class seven years ago and is now a second-year student studying Archaeology and Irish at Queen's.

Produced with Belfast-based animation company Enter Yes and in conjunction with the NGO TURAS

You can view the film at

'Excavating Hidden and Forgotten Pasts with Sound', 2020 Don Duncan
Article by Don Duncan that that looks at sound and work he has been undertaking on a recent experimental documentary hybrid. 

'All That is Solid Melts Into Air', 2019 Don Duncan

Don Duncan presented a documentary/live performance at the HearSay Festival, Belfast.

For more information visit


'Mental Abuse Matters', 2019. Animation and website by Lucy Baxter

Lucy's 'Conversation' article is available at the following link and the film on the QFT iplayer at the following link MentalAbuseMatters 


'Hydebank', 2019 Ross McClean 

Hydebank was part of the 'Made in Northern Ireland' spotlight for Hot Docs in Canada:

For more information visit


'It Stays With You: Use of Force by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti', 2018

Funded by the AHRC, this interdisciplinary film uses participatory practices to provide a platform to those whose loved ones were killed by peacekeeping missions during 2004-7). Awarded ‘Best Director’ by Respect Human Rights Film Festival. See


‘The Water Tower’, 2018 Elspeth Vischer

A portrait of traveller, motorcyclist and architect, Elspeth Beard. Selected for Film Devour as part of Belfast Film Festival (2019), Women Over 50 Film Festival, Lewes ( 2019), and WANDA Feminism and Moving Image Festival, The MAC, Belfast (2019).

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