'Project Z' documentary screens at Sheffield Doc/Fest Videotheque

14 June 2013

Project Z
A poster of Professor James Der Derian's documentary Project Z.

After premiering at the 55th DOK Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival and screening at the University of San Fransisco's Human Rights Film Festival, Professor James Der Derian's film Project Z will be featured at the Sheffield Doc/Fest: Videotheque this week.

The Sheffield Doc/Fest, short for Sheffield International Documentary Festival, is one of the world's leading annual documentary and digital media festivals.

On the heels of the release of Hollywood blockbuster World War Z, and in the aftermath of recent NSA surveillance leaks, Project Z presents a startling and original account of the 'zombification' of the national security state in the post-Cold War era.

Merging pop culture with critical theory, and combining rare footage of military war games with commentary by leading intellectuals and representatives from the defence establishment, the film takes a hard look at the role of the Pentagon, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley in the construction of new global threats.

Described by one reviewer as having a "whiff of WikiLeaks", Project Z excavates the gravest dangers facing a free and open society.

Professor James Der Derian, Michael Hintze Chair of International Security and Director of the University of Sydney's Centre for International Security Studies, filmed, wrote and produced the documentary, which was directed and also filmed by Phillip Gara under the auspices of Brown University's Global Media Project.

The listing of Project Z in the Sheffield Doc/Fest: Videotheque guide is available online.

Project Z will be displayed at the Sheffield Doc/Fest: Videotheque throughout the festival from June 12-16. The documentary is now seeking distribution and will be available in the online market for 90 days following the festival.

For more information visit the official Project Z website, or follow the film's Twitter and Facebook pages.

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