dr. A. Meuzelaar and guest lecturers
This course is accessible for 2nd and 3rd year honoursstudents.
Interest in documentary film and migration
Will be available on Datanose
Number of Participants
Max. 25 participants
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 globalized world in ways that differ from mainstream journalism. Documentaries do so through artistic choices in the use of cinematic language 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, students 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, students will translate these insights and ideas into a concept for a their own (short) documentary on the issue of migration and they will develop a treatment.
Students will attend interactive lectures and guest lectures by filmmakers/researchers/experts, they will attend multiple screenings during IDFA (18-29 November), they will (individually) reflect on the topic of the representation of migration by writing an essay and they will (in groups) develop a concept, do research and write a treatment for their own (short) documentary.
Registration is possible for 2nd year (or higher) students participating in an Honours programme. The registration for the Honours courses will start on June 1, 10 am - June 4, 11 pm, You can register through the online registration form that will appear on Honoursmodules IIS (registration is NOT through SIS)
Placement will be at random and students will be informered about their placement in the week of June 21.
There is NO guarantee for placement if you register AFTER June 4, so make sure you apply on time!
For questions about registration please email to: Honoursfirstname.lastname@example.org
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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