Contemporary World Documentary Film 6

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
303SZDFI6 Z 3 3T Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

To introduce students with contemporary documentary film.

Mode of study


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 range of annual international production is not a matter of coincidence and personal taste. The consistent and indisputable criteria for selection is a classification whose flexibility reflects the time's audiences' taste, represented at the time in the awards circuits 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 learning about 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 third-year students come together (the films do not repeat). As an introduction, the film is categorized by its creation, appropriate national production, but more broadly in world cinematography. After this are moderated discussions: the essence of direct reaction, frequent emotional, subjective and frequently 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, documentary students. The reception of a selected film is learned in an essay on which, aside from 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:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2018/2019:

room 217
Room No. 217

(Lažanský palác)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Tue 09:50–12:15 Petr KUBICA Room No. 217
Lažanský palác

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