Documentary Cinemas: Struggles for Representation
“Documentary: Struggles for Representation” runs 4 days per week with M/W screening and T/R lecture. While students are responsible for watching both films each week, they are welcome to locate streaming versions to make viewing easier. Many of the films are available on either Netflix or Hulu. Most films will be placed on reserve at the Media Centre.
“Documentary: Struggles for Representation” is designed as a junior undergraduate course in film and area studies. It presents a more focused theoretical analysis of an area of cinema studies, in this case documentary. As such, there is an expectation students are somewhat familiar with vocabulary and concepts necessary for either critical or film analysis, not necessarily both. Those students in CHID, ENGL, GWSS, JSIS, AES or AIS may have priority access to registration during Period I.
What is stake in telling and witnessing truth? "Documentary: Struggles for Representation" explores socially engaged cinema through the dynamics of social movements in North America and the West. We will ask how disenfranchised populations use visual documents as revolutionary documents, organizing tools to mobilize their agendas, participate in national discourse, or create their own. We will reframe documentary scenes to include still images, installation, self-ethnography and docu-narrative to query the truth imperative of social engagement. What might it mean to create one’s own truth? “Struggles for Representation” examines the impulse to narrate becoming as a fundamental form of resistance for people with disabilities, women, people of colour and members of LGBTQ communities.