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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 26—Oct 31
Time: 7:00—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 9
Unit: 1
Tuition: $355
Addtl. Fee: $20 (non-refundable)
Instructor(s): Jasmina Bojic
7:00—9:30 pm
Sep 26—Oct 31
6 weeks
Drop By
Oct 9
1 Unit
Addtl. Fee: $20 (non-refundable)
Jasmina Bojic
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 the transformative power of art, the course will present films ranging from The Desert of Forbidden Art, about art surviving in the time of oppression during the era of Soviet rule, to documentaries dealing with obstacles of language and ideology like Our Summer in Tehran. In Afghanistan, women are not permitted to dance in public, but boys are forced to dance in women’s clothing and are regularly sexually abused—the topic of the film The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan. A young Syrian refugee in Lebanon channels his frustrations and seizes his destiny through photography in Through My Eyes: Hani’s Journey. We will learn about a reggae-inflected band born in the camps of West Africa in Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, and in Missing in Tibet, we will follow the story of Tibetan-born Ngawang Choephel, who was sentenced to eighteen years in prison by Chinese authorities. This selection of films covers the arts of painting, photography, filmmaking, dance, and music, all of them refracted through the prism of global politics.

Students will have a chance to meet some of the filmmakers whose films will be screened and to attend the 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 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 Robinson and Kevin Boyle, A World Made New - Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (ISBN 978-0375760464)
(Recommended) Dorothy Fadiman and Tony Levelle, Producing With Passion - Making Films That Change the World (ISBN 978-1932907445)
(Recommended) Erik Barnouw, Documentary, A History of the Non-fiction Film (ISBN 978-0195078985)