URB 202 / JRN 202 / LAO 232

Documentary Film and the City

Purcell Carson

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In this hands-on seminar in non-fiction film, we work at the intersection of investigation and portraiture to explore how Central American migration has shaped two small cities: Trenton NJ and Salcajá, Guatemala. Our tool of inquiry is documentary film, which brings students in direct contact with intimate stories of real lives. Readings, screenings, and discussions focus on the topics of migration, reverse migration, remittances, and immigration policy, as well as the ethics and craft of film. Students will collaborate–with each other, subjects, and filmmakers in Guatemala–to produce and edit stories told from both sides of the border.

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