Checking date: 22/06/2021

Course: 2022/2023

Documentary and Report
Study: Dual Bachelor in Journalism and Film, Television and Media Studies (231)

Coordinating teacher: TORREIRO GOMEZ, CASIMIRO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Communication and Media Studies

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Moving Image History Film Narrative Reading Moving Image
C1. Acquiring theoretical and historical background on the main approaches to documentary C2. Theoretical and practical knowledge of the documentary and reportage C3. Ability to explore the technical and expressive potential of the moving image R1. Ability to recognize documentary and report as differentiated audiovisual forms R2. Ability to identify the legimating and diffusion circuits of documentary and reportage
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
TEMA 1. What is a Documentary? Unidad 1.1. The conventions of documentary and the historical construction of reality Unidad 1.2. Documenting reality TEMA 2. The Historical Moment of the Documentary Unidad 2.1. Documentary in a crossroad: avant-garde, photographic realism, and narrative cinema Unidad 2.2. The materials of documentary. Documentary and the avant-garde TEMA 3. Documentary, Reality, and the Truth 3.1. From avant-garde to realism: the political turn 3.2. Documentary and the truth. Ethnographic cinema, the cinéma vérité and direct cinema TEMA 4. History, Memory, and Archive Unidad 4.1. Documentary and history. Uses and abuses of the archival image Unidad 4.2. Documentary and memory TEMA 5. The political Writing(s) of Reality Unidad 5.1. Solidarity and Humanitarianism. A critical approach Unidad 5.2. Activism and guerrilla TEMA 6. The subject in documentary 6.1. The writing(s) of the self 6.2. The limits of the visible TEMA 7. Transforming the World. Reality, Imagination, and Utopia 7.1. A culture of recycling. From the found footage film to the collage documentary 7.2. The Film Essay
Learning activities and methodology
-Lectures. Competences 1 and 2. -Practical sessions. Workshop on film and video creation with group tutorials in the classroom. Competence 3. -Student's work Tutored planning and design for the production and realization of the audiovisual. Writing a memoir about the developed projects. Preparation and pitching of a video work dealing with the aspects addressed in the workshop on film and video creation. Competence 3.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Chanan, Michael. The Politics of Documentary. Londres: BFI. 2007
  • Chanan, Michael. The Politics of Documentary. Londres: BFI. 2007
  • Forsyth, Hardy (Ed.). Grierson on Documentary. Londres: Faber and Faber. 1965
  • Mulvey, Laura. Women Making History: Gleaning and the Compilation Film. Ian Christie (ed.). Where Is History Today?: New Ways of Representing the Past. . Palacký University Olomouc. 2015
  • Nichols, Bill. Blurred Boundaries. Questions of Meaning in Contemporary Culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 1994
  • Nichols, Bill. Introduction to Documentary. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 2001
  • Renov Michael. The Subject of Documentary. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 2004
  • Rusell, Catherine. Archiveology. Walter Benjamin and Archival Film Practices. Durham: Duke University Press.. 2018
  • Russell, Catherine. Experimental ethnography. Duke University Press. 1999
  • Russell, Catherine. Experimental ethnography: The Work of Film in the Age of Video. . Durham: Duke University Press. 1999
Additional Bibliography
  • Baron, Jaimie. The Archive Effect. Found Footage and the Audiovisual Experience of History. New York-Londres: Routledge. 2014
  • Honess Roe, Annabelle . Animated Documentary. London: Springer.. 2013
  • Leyda, Jay. Films Beget Films. New York: Hill and Wang. 1964
  • Mendelson, Jordana. Documenting Spain: Artists, Exhibition Culture, and the Modern Nation, 1929-1939. Pennsylvania: Penn State Press.. 2005
  • Wahlberg, Malin . Documentary Time. Film and Phenomenology. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 2008

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.