Here’s the class schedule for this fall’s documentary theory/history class. This time we’re going to be more pointedly political, to see if we can’t start participating more effectively in democratic, critical and citizenly conversations.
TMA 293, Fall 2013: Documentary and Non-Fiction Film
To watch and enjoy a lot of non-fiction films. To consider the idea of the nonfiction film from its beginning to the present day; to explore a range of approaches, styles, institutions and individuals associated with the documentary idea; to consider some of the social, political and ethical issues that have informed the documentary, and that emerge out of the making and viewing of documentary films; finally, to consider how our own lives (as film makers, film critics, and simple citizens) are or ought to be informed and shaped by documentary sensibilities.
Documentary, by Erik Barnouw, 2nd revised ed.
Introduction to Documentary, by Bill Nichols, 2nd ed.
Encyclopedia of Human Rights, ed. David P. Forsythe, OUP, 2009
Encyclopedia of Politics, ed. Rodney P. Carlisle, Sage, 2005
Oxford Companion to the Politics of the World, 2nd ed., ed. Joel Krieger:, OUP, 2004
Week 1: THE DISCOURSE OF SOBRIETY/DOCS ARE FUN!
Screen: Please Vote for Me (2007)
Week 2: RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM & POLITICAL PLURALISM; SELF & OTHER
Screen: Control Room (2004)
Week 3: OPPOSITION IN ALL THINGS: INTEGRITY, ENMITY & DIALECTIC; “HOLD, AS ‘TWERE, A MIRROR UP TO NATURE”
Screen: Law and Order (1969)
Week 4: CAPITAL & COLLECTIVE: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE & PUBLIC WORKS
Screen: The Living Desert (1953); Waiting for Fidel (1974)
Week 5: IDEALISM, REALISM, COLONIALISM; THE CREATIVE TREATMENT OF ACTUALITY
Screen: One Sixth of the World (1926); The Fog of War (2003)
Week 6: DEVELOPMENT & UNDERDEVELOPMENT; EXPOSITION, INVESTIGATION & IDEOLOGY
Screen: Harvest of Shame (1960)
Week 7: MULTIPLY & REPLENISH; PEER REVIEW
Screen: The 11th Hour (2007)
Week 8: CONSERVATISIM & LIBERALISM: CINEMA VERITE
Screen: Chronicle of a Summer (1961); first film responses due
Week 9: RACE & CLASS & ACCESS; CHALLENGE FOR CHANGE
Screen: Circle of the Sun (1961); You Are On Indian Land (1969)
Week 10: THE PERSONAL VOICE
Screen: The Stories We Tell
Week 11: HISTORY & EDUCATION, CITIZENSHIP & SUBJECT MATTER
Screen: Toute le Memoire du Monde (1956); The Act of Killing (2012)
Week 12: PERFORMANCE & THE AESTHETIC IMPULSE
Screen: Pina (2011)
Week 13: HYBRIDIZATION; AMERICAN THANKSGIVING
Screen: Strangers in Good Company (1990)
Week 14: LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY: THE INTEGRATION OF DOCUMENTARY MODES
Screen: Nostalgia for the Light (2010); last film responses due
Week 15: PROPAGANDA, ADVOCACY & TRUTH; NON-INSTITUTIONAL DOCUMENTARY
Screen: Home Movies (2012); last political terms papers due