Once again we have a lovely group of new learners who joined our club this year! We are excited to welcome them and look forward to their enthusiastic minds being broadened.
This very short term, we has a quick introduction to film history and technical advances in film, after which we swiftly moved on to our main focus for this term : Documentaries.
In today’s “post-truth” world, educating ourselves about important issues and finding varied and reliable information sources is as critical as ever. Recent events across the globe coupled with how we obtain, share, and replicate news of these events demands we step up and seek out quality sources of information about our world and what is happening in it. “Doccies” are an in-depth and informative resource which provide an opportunity to understand and connect with the world and educate ourselves about the important issues that plague our world. There are many documentaries worth watching, but is also important to note that some so-called “doccies” are merely reflections of part of the truth and these can be dangerous when falsely portrayed as true. We started off by looking at parts of the first note-worthy documentary: Nanook of the north – Robert Flaherty (1922).
We then quickly moved on to something quite unique and breath-taking in its cinematography: Samsara –Ron Frick (2001). It is an enthralling documentary that becomes a guided meditation on the wheel of life and death. It takes a closer look at the cycle of life by juxtaposing life and birth and death; it also transcends cultural boundaries – emphasizing the fact that none are exempt from this cycle. Samsara was shot over the course of five years in twenty-five countries on five continents. The filmmakers take us on a quest to a greater understanding and appreciation of the human condition and a reverence for the beauty and power of the natural world. And they help us face up to worldwide suffering, poverty, greed, violence, lust, and adoration of war and financial success.
We ended the term with a “sharing of shorts” where learners were allowed to present short films and explain to the class why they found them interesting or important.
We look forward to next term and our first-ever “SWELLIES FILM FESTIVAL”. Tickets will be available at the financial office during the day or at the front door upon entrance.
Time-capsule Tuesday: ET
Western Wednesday: The Dirty Dozen
Thoughtful Thursday: The Shack
Fright-night Friday: The Sixth Sense
Films tickets cost R25 each or a flat rate of R80 for all four days! Come and join us!