Decolonizing Documentary

Schools of Public Engagement: Media Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Decolonizing Documentary
Spring 2023
Taught By: Lana Lin
Section: A

CRN: 13439

Credits: 3

In 2002 documentary filmmaker Jill Godmilow first called for the destruction of documentary “as we know it.” The target of her attack was the classical realist documentary and its presumptions about transparent truth-telling. Twenty years later, documentary film “as we know it” survives and even flourishes. Perhaps Godmilow didn’t go far enough. This course seeks to decolonize the documentary impulse, forms, discourses, and practices. It asks who has made documentaries, about what, and for whom. Through viewing, thinking about, writing about, discussing, and possibly making nonfiction films that go against the grain of conventional documentary, we will aspire toward the vision of a decolonial documentary present and future that counters and critiques the master narrative of documentary history with its implicit colonial extractive logic. Filmmakers including Raoul Peck, Arthur Jafa, Thirza Cuthand, Sky Hopinka, Susana de Souza Diaz, Garrett Bradley, Ja’Tovia Gary, Yance Ford, Rithy Panh and more will form the ground of our study.

NOTE: If you have taken NMDS 5205 Contemporary Documentary, you are advised not to take this course as their content overlaps significantly.
Media Studies courses are open to all graduate students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor and BA/MA Media studies students should email mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu for access.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media Studies (NMDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

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

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

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: 11:16pm EDT 9/28/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 4:00pm - 7:30pm
Building: 66 5th Ave
Room: 101
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/9/2023