Documentary Film, International Law & World Politics


Course Objective

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:
(a) Identify different documentary genres, as well as the different ways
in which narrative, image and sound are brought together
(b) Understand the ways in which evidence is used in documentary film,
as well as of the ways in which documentary film is used as evidence in
(c) Identify and discuss ethical aspects of documentary film making
(d) Identify and discuss formal techniques and the invocation of
authenticity in film
(e) Understand the role of film festivals as sites of politics and legal

Course Content

This course studies the role of documentary film in international law
and world politics. Core topics of the course include:
• The propagandistic use of documentary film
• The use of documentary film in international legal proceedings
• The use of evidence and the construction of authority in documentary
• The construction of narrative and argument in documentary film
• The use of formal techniques (editing, camerawork, sounds)
• The ethics of documentary making
• Documentary film festivals
• Development of research into documentary film

Teaching Methods

Interactive lectures, film screenings and discussion.

Method of Assessment

Short film or trailer made by students

Target Audience

This course is available for:
- Exchange students (Bachelor and Master)
- Students who are interested to follow this course as an
extracurricular course

General Information

Course Code R_DFIL
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator prof. dr. W.G. Werner
Examiner prof. dr. W.G. Werner
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

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