[Reader-list] [DFA NewsLetter] Fwd: Date Extension for Application- Course on Documentary & Performance

Rahul Roy rahulroy63 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 9 18:09:15 IST 2010

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From: shohini ghosh <shohini.ghosh at gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 7:13 AM
Subject: Date Extension for Application- Course on Documentary & Performance
To: James Beveridge Media Resource Centre <mrc.jamia at gmail.com>
Cc: shohini.ghosh at gmail.com

AJK Mass Communication Research Centre
Jamia Millia Islamia
New Delhi 110025*

Course instructor:  *Nilita Vachani*

Week 1:  April 5 -8, 2010
Week 2:  April 12-15, 2010
Timing: 11AM-4:30PM


The JB MRC invites applications for a special course on Performance and the
Documentary from MA/M.Phil/Ph.D students as well as teachers, scholars and
media practitioners with at least 5 years of professional experience.

*Course Description:*

Most practitioners and scholars of documentary now agree that performance is
an inevitable part of `documenting reality’.  Yet documentary tends to get
judged by certain truth criteria which are rarely applied to fiction
filmmaking: How truthful is the film? How unmediated was the filming
process? How unbiased is the filmmaker? How representative is the film of a
larger reality? This course will examine the multiple ways in which
performance permeates the fabric of documentary filmmaking creating a rich
aesthetic experience and a new reality. Issues that will be discussed in
class will concern

·  Performance and the non-actor
·  Stylistic choices that shape composition, structure and narrative
·  The filmmaker’s politics and narrative presence
·  Documentary spectatorship and multiple viewing experiences
·  Documentary as a performative tool signifying realness.

While this course is not historically exhaustive, the eight illustrated
lectures, accompanied by screenings and discussions will attempt a
chronological exploration of the role of performance in the documentary from
the very first films made by the Lumiere brothers, through prototypes of the
American documentary movement, to contemporary Iranian cinema and ‘factual’
entertainment on television today.

To Apply:
Please send in your application letter along with a CV and a brief statement
(500 words max) outlining your interest in attending the course. Your letter
of application should have your contact details including a complete mailing
address, email id and phone number. All application materials have to be
submitted by hardcopy. Advance and back-up e-copies may be sent to
mrc.jamia at gmail.com

The envelope carrying your application material should be marked `For Course
on Performance and the Documentary’ and should be mailed to:

Pearl Sandhu
Programme Officer
James Beveridge Media Resource Centre
AJK Mass Communication Research Centre
Jamia Millia Islamia
New Delhi-110025

* Last date for applications: March 15, 2010
 Course commencement date:  April 5, 2010*

Selected applicants will be charged a non-refundable course fee of Rs 1200/-

Reading packages, lunch and refreshments will be provided by the JBMRC.
Applicants should note that this is strictly a theoretical course and does
not involve any hand-on production experience. Readings are compulsory as
are regular attendance and punctuality. The JB MRC, AJK MCRC (JMI) reserves
the right to select and restrict the number of applicants.

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