AFVS 174 - Art of the Real: Rethinking Documentary

What defines the documentary, and why have these definitions proved so mutable and even contentious over the years? This seminar will undertake a historical survey of the documentary from the silent era to the digital present, paying special attention to the formal, aesthetic, and ethical questions that have shaped its evolution. Looking beyond the canon and beyond traditional notions of non-fiction, the class aims to provide students with an expanded view of the real in cinema. Notes: There are mandatory film screenings for this class from 12:00pm to 2:00 on Mondays, preceding the class meeting, which is from 3pm to 5pm. Interested students must attend first meeting of class during shopping week to speak with teaching staff about course enrollment procedure. Course site:
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