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FLM 140 — Camera as Witness: Faces of Immigration

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 3 weeks
Date(s): Oct 2—Oct 16
Time: 7:00—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 8
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $225
Instructor(s): Jasmina Bojic
7:00—9:30 pm
Oct 2—Oct 16
3 weeks
Drop By
Oct 8
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Jasmina Bojic
As talks around building a wall between the US and Mexico escalate, this course offers a unique chance to explore some fascinating aspects of immigration through documentary filmmaking. We will watch six films that illuminate through personal stories immigration issues related to asylum, H-1B visas, and DACA.

Death on a Friendly Border follows a mother and her baby attempting to cross from Mexico, highlighting the issue of tragic deaths of immigrants. Dreams Awake is a meditation on the immigrant experience through the life and poetry of a Mexican immigrant, janitor at Stanford, union activist, and poet. Well-Founded Fear looks at the process of granting political asylum. Entering the closed corridors of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, American ideals about human rights collide with the nearly impossible task of trying to uncover the truth. Without Country attempts to get beyond partisan talking points by exploring one family’s complex and emotional journey involving deportation. New American Soldier follows three immigrant soldiers through training and deployment as they take steps toward achieving US citizenship. Undocumented is the story of a man who was raised in the drug and murder capital of the world, Medellín, Colombia, and became one of the top cardiac surgeons in New York.

Students will receive two tickets to attend one screening at the 22nd United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF).

Jasmina Bojic, Founder and Director, Camera as Witness Program; Founder and Executive Director, United Nations Association Film Festival; Lecturer in International Relations, Stanford

Jasmina Bojic has taught at Stanford for more than twenty years and has been an international journalist since the 1980s. She founded UNAFF, one of the first international documentary film festivals in the US, in 1997.

Textbooks for this course:

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