“This course will provide an in-depth survey of the documentary film, immersing you in the evolution and history of this important non-fiction film genre. You will become familiar with the different styles and techniques of documentary film making and how this film genre is closely wound with global history, society and communication ethics.”
Brief Description & What I learned
This course offered an introduction to the evolution of documentary film. I took this course my freshman year with Professor Habraken. At first, I did not expect this course to be as interesting as it was. We watched many documentary films including the first documentary film ever made, Nanook of the North. In this class we also critiqued each documentary we watched which would offer a short summary as well as the styles and techniques used in the film. We watched films that were released from the 1920’s all the way until modern day.
The attached link is one of many film critiques the class was required to complete during this course. This was the first film critique the class was required to write, and also the first film we viewed. This document gives my take on Robert Flaherty’s silent documentary, Nanook of the North.