May 30, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CINE 351L - Documentary Moving Images

3 Credit(s) | Lecture | Graded or pass/fail
Course can be counted for credit once

This class addresses itself to the nexus of issues centered on the nature of images in terms of how they relate to the world. In what ways does the image provide evidence of the world, in what ways does it provide a challenge to what we think we know about the world and its people, things, and events? On one level, the course is a survey of documentary photography and cinema: it provides an overview of some of the key documentary trends like cinema verite, reenactment, portraiture, creative and experimental autobiography, and social, polemical, and ethnographic approaches to issues and cultures. To that tend, we will view several examples of these different version of documentary work and establish some of the parameters for the ways they function. On another level, the course considers art historical, theoretical, and philosophical notions of what is revealed by an image when it has referent in the world. When, for example, can a documentary image be considered a “true copy” of the world, and when does it require individual subjectivity to create and/or decipher it? The course emphasizes visual literacy and aims to develop students’ capacity for thoughtful engagement with images through creative, hands-on collaborations to community-based efforts for the final projects.

Enrollment Requirements:

  • ENGL 101  or
  • another CINE or ART course or
  • permission of instructor