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FLM 16 — Camera as Witness: Politics, Culture, and the Power of Documentary Filmmaking

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Sep 28—Nov 2
Time: 7:00—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 11
Unit(s): 2 Units
Tuition: $285
Addtl. Fee: $20 (non-refundable)
On campus
7:00—9:30 pm
Sep 28—Nov 2
6 weeks
Drop By
Oct 11
2 Units
Addtl. Fee: $20 (non-refundable)
This course offers a unique chance to become familiar with global political and cultural issues, understand the aesthetic capacities of documentary filmmaking, and view films that are rarely screened. Honoring themes of tragedy and triumph and the transformative power of art, the course will present films ranging from Academy Award-nominated Genghis Blues to documentaries dealing with obstacles of language and ideology such as in A Dream in Hanoi. The course will also cover Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, a film that chronicles a band over three years, from Guinean refugee camps back to war-ravaged Sierra Leone; Sing Your Song, an up-close look at a great American musician and champion for worldwide human rights, Harry Belafonte; The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan, an award-winning documentary that spotlights the disturbing sex trade of Afghan boys; and Missing in Tibet, a film about Tibetan-born Ngawang Choephel, who was sentenced to eighteen years in prison by Chinese authorities.

Students will also have a chance to attend the eleven-day United Nations Association Film Festival.

This course includes a non-refundable ticket fee of $20 (two tickets per student) to be paid at the time of registration.

For more information on the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) at Stanford, please visit the event page.

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. Nineteen years ago, she founded the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) at Stanford. She is also the founder and director of the Camera As Witness program, which extends the educational use of UNAFF documentaries at Stanford, where she has been teaching for the last twenty years.

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks