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Doc-tails at Tempo Documentary Festival 2016

A good documentary is just the beginning…

Influence Film Club invites you to three evenings after work- “doc- tails” at Barbro where documentary lovers and documentary filmmakers will have the opportunity to meet each other. Have a drink and take part of in-depth talks about some of the year’s Tempo movies.

The first 20 drinks each evening are on us – so come early!

Wednesday 9/3 at 17:00-18:00:
Influence Film Club discusses Sonita.

NOTE the schedule change: Unfortunately Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, director of Sonita, is not able to travel to Stockholm due to passport issues. We’ll still be at Barbro ready to discuss the film and the intersection between art, music, and politics.

Thursday 10/3 at 17:00-18:00:
In conversation with Jerzy Sladkowski director of Don Juan.

Friday 11/3 at 17:00-18:00:
In conversation with the Hussin Brothers, directors of America Recycled.

Moderated by: Isis Marina Graham

Free entrance with Tempo’s membership card!
Hosted in English.

Spot on Doc/Fest

Thank you everyone for an incredible festival!

What a joy to meet with such an engaged audience and the incredibly talented filmmakers below.

Film pages will be coming soon for all of the films we discussed at the club.

Thank you:

Director Jerry Rothwell of “How to Change the World”, Directors Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky of “Almost There” and Tim Horsburgh, Director of Communications and Distribution at Kartemquin Films, Director Leslee Udwin of “India’s Daughter”. Director Laura Nix of “The Yes Men are Revolting”, Director Kirby Dick of “The Hunting Ground”, Director Louise Osmond of “Dark Horse”, and of course The Sheffield Doc/Fest Crew

Spot on Docs: Discover Influence Film Club’s First 100 Documentaries

100 is not just a number. 100 stands for crossing a line. 100 is a mark. And while for some people it means they have to throw the biggest birthday party of their life, for us it is an inspiration.  Keeping this numeric symbol in sight, we’ve happily spent the past year in handpicking our favorite documentaries and creating dedicated film pages around them. We had late nights and lots of coffee, took challenges and feedback, chased our dream through highs and lows in order to bring something innovative and good to you. And here we are on this day in February, humbled and proud, presenting the first 100 documentaries that motivated us throughout the past year and that motivate us to bring you 100 more, because oh, there are so, so many more. We hope they spark your lives as much as they have sparked ours. We hope they bring us together. We hope we will influence you. Because remember, a good documentary is just the beginning…

So our first 100 films (in alphabetical order because we love them all) are:

In a world of sound-bites, documentaries provide an opportunity to think, understand, share, and connect with the world. These 100 films are controversial, divisive, fascinating, unexpected, and surprising. They are thrillers, dramas, comedies, romance, tear-jearkers, and horror films. Documentaries provide the perfect topic for meaningful conversations.

If you want to talk about the things that matter with people that matter then pick a film, invite your friends, and watch & discuss together. It’s as easy as that. Not sure what film to pick? Each month Influence Film Club is going to hand pick one of our favorite docs as our club’s featured film. And if you just can’t get enough with 1 a month, there are 99 more waiting to be discovered! Its time to watch + engage with some of the world’s best documentaries!


Take the Influence Film Club Challenge!

How well do you know your documentaries?

We’re at Tribeca film festival this week, handing out decks of discussion cards representing 45 of our favorite documentaries. Each card has a beautiful image from a film, plus a conversational question on the back. Not only are the cards a fun way to break the ice, but they’re also a great way to get to know friends and family better. Use them in your film clubs, dinner parties, or at the family breakfast table. Take them on long flights or road trips to meaningfully pass the time. Challenge yourself with one question each day.

Or… take the Influence Film Club Challenge! Simply match the images on the cards to the films they represent. Check your answers in the file below.

If you did not receive a card deck, don’t worry. You can still participate in the challenge. Find the 45 images on our Pinterest board, then come back here to check your answers.

Have fun, and let us know how you’re using your discussion cards!

Influence Film Club Challenge – Correct Answers

If it takes an invitation, we are inviting you!

Dear friends and friends of friends,

Welcome to what we hope is the beginning of a long meaningful conversation and a love affair with documentary film. We want to invite you into a space where you can engage with incredible stories that will move you, open your mind, and challenge the way you see the world.

My invitation into documentary film began in 2005 when one of my closest friends called and suggested that we make a film together. It took two years, but that’s what we did, and I have been hooked ever since. At that time, I was a new mother feeling isolated and yearning for some kind of intellectual stimulation in my increasingly hectic life. So I made a decision to invite some friends over to watch and discuss “my” documentary.

That evening was the beginning of a long meaningful conversation, which has continued over several years. Documentaries give us a platform for having some of the most meaningful and important conversations. We laugh, we cry, and sometimes we get angry, but we always part with deeper friendships.

My hope is that Influence Film Club will provide you with the tools and resources you need to facilitate a small intimate film club of your own. Please be in touch and tell us how it’s going. We hope that you will love it enough to pass on the invitation, because that’s all it takes!


Cristina Ljungberg
Co-founder, Influence Film