Very few editors have done to contemporary documentary film what Niels Pagh Andersen has. Through the many films he edited, but also through generous work as consultant and as tutor, he is a leading figure in shaping documentary as we know it today. His works on iconic films—such as The 3 Rooms of Melancholia, The Act of Killing, and The Look of Silence—inspired a whole generation of directors and editors, and provided a new reference to many.
To mark the launch of Niels Pagh Andersen’s new book Order in Chaos, IDFA Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia will engage in a conversation with the renowned editor, presenting the book in which he distills a clear vision from his extensive experience to share with us all. They will be discussing the process of the editor, Andersen’s method, his experience working with different filmmakers on diverse films, contemporary questions of pluralism and inclusivity in dramaturgy, and the act of writing itself.