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Like journalists, documentary filmmakers are increasingly having to compete with the dictatorial purveyors of "alternative facts." Worse, it's happening at the very moment when adept deployers of social media technologies can promulgate blatant untruths with viral ease. Spin doctors emerged in the 1990s and then, a decade ago, satirist Stephen Colbert outed gut-feeling, evidence and logic-free "truthiness," which has now come totally into its own. Outright lies and glaring contradictions are served up without even the gloss of spin. So it's timely for the 2017 Australian International Documentary Conference to address the challenges for the documentarian in a "post-truth" world and, at the same time, assay the—at first glance unlikely—potentials of gaming and VR technologies for generating honest, immersive, interactive engagements with eras, cultures and ideas.

Keith & Virginia
AIDC: DOCUMENTARY IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD    Dan Edwards interviews Australian International Documentary Conference Director Andrew Wiseman about this year's event, which includes Australian VR luminaries Lynette Wallworth and Oscar Raby in conversation with leading US innovator Navid Khonsari.
Adelaide Festival
ADELAIDE FESTIVAL: A WORK OF ART    Previewing Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy’s 2017 program, Keith Gallasch is taken with a strand of productions, epic and intimate, that portray intense states of being with an exciting array of theatrical means.
GIVEAWAY: TAO DANCE THEATER         Win a double pass to the opening night of the remarkable TAO Dance Theater's '6' and '8' in Melbourne's Asia TOPA, a celebration of Australia's connections with contemporary Asia.
A BARBARIAN'S RIGHT TO DIFFERENCE        In Banging Cymbal, Clanging Gong, New Zealand writer-performer Jo Randerson reclaims her Viking heritage as a proud member of the Bastardos clan and seeker of justice, writes Renée Newman.
Dan Edwards takes a close look at the Guardian Documentaries featured at AIDC and the role of Head of Documentaries, Charlie Phillips, in developing more complex screen works.
ADELAIDE FESTIVAL: PRESENCE AND STRENGTH   Two Adelaide-based companies, Restless Dance Theatre and Gravity and Other Myths, will make their Adelaide Festival debuts this year in Artistic Co-directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy’s first of three programs, writes Ben Brooker.
Nam June Paik
Riled by the inadequacies of works on show in a Nam June Paik retrospective in Tokyo, Philip Brophy is compelled to reassess the artist's status as the godfather of video art.
From the erosion of land art to the rise of fake art in the US, stay in the loop with what RealTime editors are reading about this week.
This Australian-Vanuatuan film, one of the loveliest, most underseen films of recent years, is a nominee for Most Outstanding Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars.

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