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Semester: 2

Credits: 30

FM4303: Documentary Cinema (2)

This module surveys the history of documentary film (technological, stylistic, etc.), while taking up the theoretical debates around cinematic claims to truth and representations of reality. Students will examine how documentary differs from other kinds of filmmaking, how documentaries make ‘truth claims’, and how these claims influence the ways in which these films are received and circulated. Beginning with the actualities of the Lumiere Brothers, students will be exposed to multiple genres (e.g. ethnographic, civic, cinema verite, experimental, self-reflexive) and filmmakers (e.g. John Grierson, Dziga Vertov, Jean Rouch, Errol Morris) while addressing the variety of arenas (e.g. scientific, civic, commercial) in which documentary has appeared.


Tuesday 12.00-2.00 pm, Byre Conference Room
Screening Monday 4.30-7.00 pm, Byre Conference Room

Dr Leshu Torchin (Co-ordinator)


Library reading lists for this module