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WSP 343 — Camera as Witness: Documentaries About Happiness

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thur/Fri/Sat
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 3 days
Date(s): Mar 1—Mar 3
Drop Deadline: Mar 1
Unit: 0
Tuition: $245
Instructor(s): Jasmina Bojic
Status: Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Thursday and Friday, March 1 and March 2, 7:00 - 9:30 pm; Saturday, March 3, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Mar 1—Mar 3
3 days
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Mar 1
0 Unit
Jasmina Bojic
Please Note: Full schedule: Thursday and Friday, March 1 and March 2, 7:00 - 9:30 pm; Saturday, March 3, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
This course offers a unique opportunity to explore some fascinating aspects of the quest for happiness around the world through the medium of film. We will view several unique films, each of which takes a close look at a particular aspect of happiness.

We will look into the transformative power of understanding happiness by combining Western and Eastern philosophy in Matthieu Ricard: On the Path to Compassion. We will also learn from the Academy Award–nominated documentary filmmaker Roko Belic about the secrets of achieving happiness in Bhutan, Brazil, Denmark, India, Japan, Namibia, and the United States in Happy. Surprising aspects of happiness in Saudi Arabia that challenge Western notions are explored in Saudi Solutions. Finally, we will also examine the lives of two successful and influential people who defined happiness as contributing to society: In Eleanor Roosevelt: Close to Home we learn about the remarkable modesty, independence, and humanitarian leadership that made Eleanor Roosevelt the “First Lady of the World.” Sing Your Song takes us on an inspirational journey through Harry Belafonte’s life, his civil rights efforts, and most of all, his conscience.

Experts on happiness, compassion, and human rights, and some of the filmmakers, will be on hand to participate in our spirited class discussion.

Jasmina Bojic, Founder and Director, Camera as Witness Program; Founder and Executive Director, United Nations Association Film Festival

Jasmina Bojic has worked as a producer and director on several documentaries and TV programs dealing with human rights issues. Twenty years ago, she founded the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) and championed the use of UNAFF documentaries at Stanford through the Camera as Witness Program. She is also a lecturer in International Relations at Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.