Despite the controversy surrounding the term, “Slow Cinema” (sometimes referred to as “Contemporary Contemplative Cinema”) has become a commonplace classification in recent years, lumping together the wave of directors who have adopted an austere aesthetic dedicated to experimenting with the temporal elements of film.

It must be acknowledged (and, is, immediately, at the beginning of the embedded discussion) this isn’t anything new—directors like Chantal Akerman, Sohrab Shahid-Saless and James Benning have been around since the ’60s and ’70s. But whatever side one takes—a revolt against Hollywood norms, or an inorganic aping of cinema forebears—the discourse around the issue is fascinating and evolving; so much that the AV Festival generated this panel discussion around the subject in 2012, featuring critic Jonathan Romney (who originally coined the term in Sight and Sound), filmmakers Lav Diaz and Ben Rivers, programmer George Clark, online writer/editor Matthew Flanagan and Rebecca Shatwell, who serves as the Chair.

The video, running almost two hours long, is well worth a watch for any questions one might have surrounding the debate and directors, as well as a grand introduction to navigating the murky waters of CCC.