The Story of Looking sees Mark Cousins prepare for surgery to restore his vision. Cousins explores the role that visual experience plays in our individual and collective lives. In a deeply personal meditation on the power of looking in his own life, he guides us through the riches of the visible world, a kaleidoscope of extraordinary imagery across cultures and eras. At a time when we are more assailed by images than ever, he reveals how looking makes us who we are, lying at the heart of human experience, empathy, discovery and thought. He shares the pleasure and pain of seeing the world, in all its complexity and contradiction, with eyes wide open. As the COVID-19 pandemic brings another dramatic shift of perspective, he reaches out to other lookers for their vision from lockdown, and travels to the future to consider how his looking life will continue to develop until the very end.
Ahead of our Closing Night Film, join us to celebrate all of the artists and filmmakers in our 2021 programme and to be the first to congratulate the nominees – and winners – of this year’s awards: the International Competition, the UK Competition, the Tim Hetherington Award (in partnership with Dogwoof), the First Feature Award, the Short Film award (supported by The Guardian), the Youth Jury Award, and the Audience Award – where you get to be part of the biggest jury of all. The Awards Ceremony will be followed by our Closing Film: The Story of Looking
Watch the live Awards Ceremony here on Saturday 12 June at 19:00 BST
Watch the live Q&A after the film here on Saturday 12 June at 21:35 BST