Laura Mulvey has been a steadfast supporter of the Athens Avant-garde Film Festival. This year, she has chosen to present three films: AMY!, an older work, screened in a restored version, which she directed together with Peter Woolen in 1980; a new documentary, 23 August 2008 (2013), co- directed with Mark Lewis and Faysal Abdullah; and Clio Barnard’s directorial debut on the life of Andrea Dunbar, The Arbor (2010). Given that the distinction between fiction and documentary is a contested issue in experimental cinema, the contribution of a major theorist such as Laura Mulvey is invaluable. As Mulvey herself writes in her recent book, we are living in a time of constant conflict between a possessive spectator and a fetishistic one. The compilation of archives with material from the lives of legendary figures, such as Amy Johnson, talented authors such as working class prodigy Andrea Danbar, or Arab intellectuals such as Kamel Abdullah, raises issues about their management, both from an artistic point of view but also in terms of their impact on the public sphere.