Spring 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
In this course we set out to discover what political, ethical, and aesthetic questions distinguish documentary from fictional filmmaking. We're interested in the intertwined histories of cinema, anthropology, psychoanalysis, and tourism, particularly as these have defined the "worldview" of documentary film. The course is roughly divided into 3 parts: documentaries about others; documentaries about selves; and documentaries about nature and the environment. Throughout the semester, we're asking if, how, and why documentaries construct knowledge about the self, others, and the world we all share. Our films span the history of documentary filmmaking, from Nanook of the North (1922) to Queen of Versailles (2012). Our readings come from anthropology, philosophy, film theory, critical studies, and beyond. Our work occurs at the intersection of art, history, and the broadest questions of the humanities, such as: how we do relate to one another as humans; how do we represent those relationship through visual and aural technologies; and what responsibilities do we have to each other and the forms of art we produce, consume, and experience?
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