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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 course
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Sep 27—Nov 1
Time: 7:00—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 10
Unit: 1
Tuition: $345
Addtl. Fee: $20 (non-refundable)
Instructor(s): Jasmina Bojic
Status: Open
Fall
On-campus course
Wednesdays
7:00—9:30 pm
Date(s)
Sep 27—Nov 1
6 weeks
Drop By
Oct 10
1 Unit
Fees
$345
Addtl. Fee: $20 (non-refundable)
Instructor(s):
Jasmina Bojic
Open
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 in A Dream in Hanoi. A young Afghani refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music after her family tries to sell her into a marriage in the award-winning film Sonita. Students will learn about Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars band and in Sing Your Song about a great American musician and champion for worldwide human rights, Harry Belafonte. Also, they will hear from a local filmmaker who worked on the film Missing in Tibet, a story about Tibetan-born Ngawang Choephel who was sentenced to eighteen years in prison by the Chinese authorities.

Students will have a chance to meet some of the filmmakers whose films will be screened and to attend the eleven-day 20th United Nations Association Film Festival at Stanford and in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and San Francisco.

This course includes a non-refundable ticket fee of $20 to be paid at the time of registration.

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:

(Recommended) Mary Ann Glendon, A World Made New - Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (ISBN 978-0375760464)
(Recommended) Mary Robinson and Kevin Boyle, A Voice for Human Rights (ISBN 978-0812220070)
(Recommended) Erik Barnouw , Documentary, A History of the Non-fiction Film (ISBN 978-0195078985)
(Recommended) Dorothy Fadiman and Tony Levelle, Producing With Passion - Making Films That Change the World” (ISBN 978-1932907445)
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