SPANISH 426 - Film Genres in the Hispanic World
Section: 001 Double Exposures: Documentary and Non-Fiction Film in Latin America
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Nine credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399; or two RCLANG 324 and six credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course surveys the history, theory and practice of documentary film within the specific political, social, cultural, technological, economic, artistic, and historical context of 20th century Latin America. Students will learn about the history and culture of Latin America through the ways documentary films refine, inform, reform, change, reinforce, or stabilize politics, cultures, and identities.

The course examines the major modes of documentary filmmaking in the region including direct cinema, investigative documentary, ethnographic film, agit-prop and activist media, autobiography and the personal essay as well as recent forms that question relationships between fact and fiction such as the docudrama, the archival film, and cine-recreations. Through this, we explore some of the theoretical questions that constantly surround this film practice: How do these films shape notions of truth, reality and point of view? What are the ethics and politics of representation and who speaks for whom when we watch a documentary? What do documentaries make visible or conceal? What, if anything, constitutes objectivity? And by the way, just what is a document anyway?

By the end of the course, students will be able to identify the formative strands of documentary history as they continue to operate in contemporary cultural productions. To that end, students will be expected to complete short weekly reflections and a final research paper on a contemporary documentary film practice.

This course counts as elective credit for the Spanish minor.

SPANISH 426 - Film Genres in the Hispanic World
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001 (REC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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