Shared Resources – A conversation with Jordan Lord and Pooja Rangan

4pm (BST), 25th April: Shared Resources – a conversation with Jordan Lord and Pooja Rangan (online)

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In advance of this event we will screen Jordan Lord’s film Shared Resources (2021). Shared Resources will be available to watch online from 18th-25th April. A vimeo link and password will be emailed to registered attendees.

On 25th April, their conversation will expand on the film’s engagement with issues of access, disability and documentary, building on previous events run by the Centre which have explored the creative use of sound, and our current focus on sound and the body. The event will feature live closed captioning.


Made over five years, Shared Resources depicts the filmmaker’s family after they declare bankruptcy due to debt accrued from the loss of their home in Hurricane Katrina and the cost of Lord’s college education. Use of captioning and visual description act both as points of access and autonomy for their subjects: Jordan Lord asks their family, their filmmaking community and us, the film’s audiences – what does it mean to owe each other everything?

Please note: This film contains flickering images. Viewers with photosensitivity or epilepsy should use caution.


Jordan Lord is a filmmaker, writer, and artist, working primarily in video, text, and performance. Their work addresses the relationships between historical and emotional debts, framing and support, access and documentary. Their films have been shown at festivals and venues including MoMA Doc Fortnight, Dokufest Kosovo, Union Docs, and the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. They have presented solo exhibitions at Piper Keys and Artists Space. Their work has been featured in publications such as Artforum, Screen Slate, Art in America, and Hyperallergic and is a primary focus of a chapter in Pooja Rangan’s upcoming book The Documentary Audit. They have teach at Hunter College, CUNY; The New School; and Vassar College.


Pooja Rangan is Associate Professor of English and Chair of Film & Media Studies at Amherst College. Her research is concerned with the humanitarian preoccupations of contemporary documentary culture, as they intersect with and open onto questions of voice, listening, accent, carcerality, and disability. She is the author of Immediations: The Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary (Duke UP, 2017, winner of the American Comparative Literature Association’s 2019 Harry Levin Prize for an outstanding first book), and co-editor of the anthology Thinking with an Accent: Toward a New Object, Method, and Practice, which will be available in print and as a free ebook from University of California Press in March 2023. Rangan’s second monograph-in-progress, The Documentary Audit explores how listening has come to be equated, in documentary discourse and practice, with accountability.




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