Art & History of Documentary

Schools of Public Engagement: Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Majors Only
Art & History of Documentary
Spring 2024
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: Media (MED)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Synchronous

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 5:32am EDT 6/17/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 9:55am - 11:45am
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/7/2024