School of Seeing
ANALYSING DOCUMENTARY FILMS
School of Seeing offers a unique workshop of documentary film analysis, focusing on the artistic and cinematic perspectives. This programme is open to everyone, whether you are new to documentary films, already a filmmaker, a teacher, a programmer, or a critic.
How does it work?
Selected participants will watch, analyse, and discuss a number of documentaries of various topics from various countries around the world. For the past two editions, we have curated the documentaries with Lisabona Rahman.
The participants will be led by mentors who will respond to their reviews and moderate the discussions. The discussions will focus on the relationship between the ideas and impressions that the audience capture through camera or editing techniques. Adrian Jonathan Pasaribu and Anggraeni Widhiasih have been our discussion mentors for the two editions of SOS.
Experienced filmmakers will also join as guest speakers. They will share their perspectives on ethical considerations and production challenges that affect the film outcome. Sebastian Winkels, Dwi Nugraheni, Greg Arya, Mahardika Yuda, Aryo Danusiri, Amerta Kusuma, and Aline Jusria are some of the filmmakers that have been involved in SOS.
Check out the previous editions of SOS below.
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FOCUS & FORMAT
In the 2018 edition, the focus was on documentaries that highlight human relations with their surroundings and other fellow humans.
From July to December 2018, participants watched and reviewed two international documentaries per month based on guiding questions from the programmer. The mentors then responded to the reviews through email or text.
In December, participants got a chance to attend the Documentary Film Festival in Yogyakarta to watch and discuss the films there. Participants who have ongoing documentary projects also got a chance to consult their projects with the mentors.
Lisabona Rahman, Sebastian Winkels
– Review responders: Adrian Jonathan Pasaribu, Anggraeni Widhiasih
– Project consultants: Dwi Nugraheni, Tommy Fahrizal, Greg Arya + Lisabona Rahman, Sebastian Winkels
– Guest speakers: Mahardika Yudha, Afrian Purnama
Of the 66 applicants, 40 participants completed the program. The majority of participants were filmmakers from Java, who either had made a short or long documentary, or were making it.
What do they say about SOS?
“Amazing. Just like writing a book, I understand that making a documentary requires a clear perspective and mission from start to finish.” — Ahmad Qumaeni
“I can watch the documentaries that I used to find boring with different perspectives, especially as part of my own knowledge and as a reference for making my own documentary.” — Ika Nurcahyani
“Although I’m still new to documentary filmmaking, the curriculum helps me to enjoy and understand documentary films.” — Yosua Bangun Imantaka
“I feel lucky to have the experience of watching the films and to reflect on them through essays. I have been inactive in documentaries for a long time. However, this programme brings back that long-lost passion.” — Wahyu Riska Elsa Pratiwi