UC Documentary History
Ethics in Documentary History
Lecturers: Attila Kékesi, Krisztina Meggyes and Bálint Bíró
The filmmaker’s ethics profoundly defines his or her documentary practice. By analysing a selection of sample films the students will learn how to recognise and manage ethical issues.
The course focuses on the screening and class discussion of about 10 documentaries or film excerpts that raise ethical questions.
The analysis of these films and conducted preparatory research will give students additional knowledge about how to build and maintain relationships with film participants, whilst enlarging their awareness of ethical issues they will likely meet in their documentary practice.
From this learning experience students should be able to understand and manage sensitive situations and ethical problems that frequently emerge in the filmmaking process, and to use the gained knowledge in both their film exercises and their later work.