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Registration > Courses: Fall Session One 2017

Global Lens: Documenting the World  

Michael Fox Experience views from abroad, courtesy of filmmakers and television producers working in their own countries and speaking to their fellow citizens. Revealing, refreshing and occasionally jarring, this class features a variety of documentary approaches and techniques. Each film, which has almost certainly never been seen by U.S. audiences, is followed by a discussion of its goals, strategies, choices and ethics. We will examine such aspects of nonfiction filmmaking as point of view, the illusion of objectivity, journalism v. activism, the use of music and metaphor, and the blurring of fact and fiction. Michael Fox has been a film critic and journalist since 1987; his current outlets include,, Oakland magazine and The (East Bay) Monthly. He curates and hosts the weekly Cinema Lit series at the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco, and also teaches documentary courses at OLLI at UC Berkeley. He is a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.


Global Lens: Documenting the World

Item # 17FA1B

Meeting Schedule

Day: M,  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
8/21/2017 - 10/2/2017 (6 Meeting Days)



Michael Fox


Downtown Campus
Room 617

Seats Available: 10

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