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Cinema started with documentaries or 'actualities'. Newsreels quickly started playing a key role in how people got their news. Alongside pioneers of fiction films were pioneers who used the moving image to document the world, to explore issues, to challenge and to campaign. This course will explore the development of the genre, key film-makers and films, including Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North, the propaganda documentaries of Leni Riefenstahl, the British Documentary Movement spearheaded by John Grierson (who coined the term 'documentary'), cinema verite, and recent exponents like Errol Morris ('The Thine Blue Line'), Michael Moore and Kevin Macdonald.

Course aim

An introduction to the documentary genre, its history, key works and its impact - from introducing audiences to new worlds to tackling social issues

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

No skills or experience needed

Details

  • Tutor: Ruth Mulandi
  • Five sessions from 2nd March on Mondays -  7pm – 9.15pm
  • Venue: Enfield Baptist Church, Cecil Road, Enfield EN2 6TG
  • Reference: C2420848 Fee: £50
  • Enrol online wea.london.org.uk, by phone 0300 303 3464, Cheque to The Treasurer, 13 Uplands Way, N21 1DH or just turn up to first session.

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