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Honoursmodule: Migration at IDFA

Today, migration is one of the most contested political and emotionally charged issues in the global public debate and media. While mainstream media often report on ‘the refugee crisis’ and migration from a factual and distant point of view, documentaries can offer an alternative perspective and can deepen our understanding of the complexities of migration, displacement and exile in today’s globalised world in ways that differ from mainstream journalism. Documentaries do so through artistic choices in the use of cinematic languages such as sound, image and editing and through a focus on everyday human drama beyond the headlines.

In this course, we will investigate the different ways in which documentaries depict migrants, refugees and people in exile through a visit to IDFA, one of the world’s largest and leading documentary festivals. In the first part, you will be introduced to the field of documentary studies and get acquainted with the different (historical) modes of documentary storytelling. We will then zoom in on the issue of the representation of migration by attending multiple screenings at IDFA. In the second part, you will translate these insights and ideas into a concept for your own (short) documentary on the issue of migration and develop a treatment.

You will attend interactive lectures and guest lectures by filmmakers, researchers and experts, as well as multiple screenings during IDFA, individually reflect on the topic of the representation of migration by writing an essay and - in groups - develop a concept, do research and write a treatment for your own (short) documentary.


The schedule will be available on Datanose.


Registration is open to second-year or third-year Bachelor's students participating in an Honours programme. Between 8 June 10 am and 12 June 11 pm, you can register by completing the online registration form that will appear on our website Honoursmodules IIS.  

Please note: Registration is not through SIS. Placement is at random. There is no guarantee for placement if you register after June 12, so make sure you register on time. You will hear which course(s) you are registered for in the week of 20 June.  

If you have any questions, please contact us at Honours-iis@uva.nl

SDGs in education

The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website.

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Facts & Figures
Mode Honours programme
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in November