Art & History of Documentary

Schools of Public Engagement: Communication

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

Art & History of Documentary

Spring 2023

Taught By: Silvia Vega-Llona

Section: A

CRN: 10684

Credits: 3

Documentary filmmaking is a broad and diverse cinematic form that variously informs, delights, angers, touches, provokes, calls to action, shapes attitudes, and challenges assumptions. This introduction to the genre of ostensibly non-fiction filmmaking begins with the earliest actuality films of the Lumiere brothers and moves through the deployment of various documentary modes and aesthetics including propagandic, expositional, direct cinema, poetic, performative and self-reflexive explorations of film truth. The course examines how changing technology, shifting social and political realities, and the personalities and talents of influential individuals have continually re-defined what documentary means. Ethical as well as aesthetic issues are considered. Throughout the class, as we survey the art and history of documentary filmmaking, we supplement our viewing of various films with reading, written response, and discussion.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Synchronous

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:38am EST 11/27/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 9:55am - 11:45am

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/9/2023