Contemporary World Documentary Film 3

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303SZDF3 Z 2 3T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Introduce students to contemporary documentary film.

Mode of study

Discussion on viewed films.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Completion of „Contemporary Foreign Documentaries 5.“

Course contents

This course presents profound, thematically and genre diverse films of Modern International Documentary film. Students are presented with films which within one year delve into the development of documentary cinematography. Its content defines current times: simple current recordings, of course, do not exclude that presentation of films that are significant, transcending their own time and space. The selection of documentaries from a wide stream of yearly international production is not the work of coincidence and personal taste. The consistent and indisputable criteria for selection is the classification whose flexibility reflects the time's audiences' taste, represented in time through individual prize-giving circles of world film festivals. The selection of a film at a festival, its eventual circulation at multiple festivals and the subsequent selection by individual juries are sufficient reasons for wanting to get to know some works. Other criteria for the life of a work in public through national or international festivals are the knowledge of films through reviews and discussions in professional publications. Finally, the dramaturgical knowledge of the instructor plays a role in the selection of a film. Compared to an analysis course (Selected works of International Documentaries) the basis of this course Modern International Documentary Film is the presentation of films in which at least three study-year students come together (the films do not repeat). Preliminarily is the film categorized by authorial creation, appropriate national production, but more broadly to world cinematography. After taking this in follows moderated discussions: the essence of direct reaction, frequent emotional, subjectiv and largely the haphazard investigation of the sense of the work. The collective presentation of the works depends upon the conviction that a documentary should be presented as an original artistic unit, open only to the point of the reaction of the audience, students of documentary direction. The reception of a selected film is understood in an essay on which besides the basic requirements credit is awarded. In an addendum is a list of selected festivals whose dramaturgical structure is one of the starting points for selecting documentary films for the course.

Recommended or required reading

Barnouw, Erik: Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film. 2. vyd. Oxford University Press, 1993. ISBN-10: 9780195078985

Ellis, Jack T.: New History of Documentary Film. 1. vyd. New York, Continuum, 2005. ISBN-10: 0826417515

Gauthier, Guy: Dokumentární film, jiná kinematografie. 1. vyd. Praha: Akademie múzických umění; Jihlava: Mezinárodní festival dokumentárních filmů Jihlava, 2004. ISBN 80-7331-023-6

Nichols, Bill: Úvod do dokumentárního filmu. 1. vyd. Praha: Akademie múzických umění v Praze; Jihlava: JSAF, Mezinárodní festival dokumentárních filmů Jihlava, 2010. ISBN 978-80-7331-181-0

Gogola ml., Jan: Smrt dokumentárnímu filmu! Ať žije film! Od díla k dění!; Dipl. pr. FAMU; 2001

Kristin Thompsonová & David Bordwell, Dějiny filmu. AMU / NLN, Praha 2007

Štoll, Martin a kol.: Český film: režiséři-dokumentaristé. 1. vyd. Praha: Libri, 2009. ISBN 978-80-7277-417-3

BILL NICHOLS, Úvod do dokumentárního filmu, Akademie múzických umění v Praze a Jihlavský spolek amatérských filmařů, 2010, ISBN 978-80-7331-181-0

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on class participation.

Schedule for winter semester 2018/2019:

room 217
Room No. 217

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Tue 11:30–13:55 Petr KUBICA Room No. 217
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2018/2019:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans