You have just finished watching a Netflix movie or series—in your living room, on-screen, or on a community online screening. The moderator or the friend next to you asks the scariest question of all time: How was the film? A lot of words running around in your head, but how to articulate them? Time passes, the moderator asks you for the second time. Shuddering, you can only answer: “Very good”, “I love it!”
Though, that’s not what you want to say. You want to talk about a scene that makes you angry or moved. You want to express how spot-on that scene is based on your experience, you want to ask the other viewers’ opinions or feelings. Well, everyone experienced the situation, even the experienced filmmakers.
Then, VOILA is suitable for you who are willing to learn how to interpret film and express your opinion, either as a viewer or a film curator for your family.
In VOILA, you will step by step learn how to interpret films, especially documentaries, and build your responses in a structured manner.
We are also open if your community is interested in becoming a film screening organiser, programmer, or moderator. In VOILA, you can:
- Improve the quality of documentary film discussions in your community,
- Learn to connect and discuss social issues through documentaries, to
- Direct the discussion to a specific call to action
Are you interested in hosting VOILA for your community?
In this first edition, In-Docs collaborated with the Institut Ibu Profesional (IIP) to organise a film literacy workshop, VOILA, for Liga Film Keluarga community on September 10, 17, and 24.
Thirty participants from various backgrounds and professions were invited to participate in the programme that was divided into three virtual discussion sessions. Guest speaker, Amelia Hapsari, also joined the discussion at the first session. In VOILA, participants were encouraged to see films as an offer of ideas and the importance of responding to films personally as well as a criticism.
What do they say about VOILA?
“VOILA opens a discussion about how we respond to a film offer. Especially (for mothers) to increase critical thinking in choosing shows for children.” — Rina Andriani
“VOILA shapes our sensitivity and accuracy in watching and analyzing films. It guides us to write systematic reviews, so that we can choose films or shows effectively, for ourselves, family, and friends.” — Febby Noor Fadhilah
“Films made from various elements, that are processed in such a way and will certainly produce different perspectives & opinions from the audience. At VOILA, we learn to analyze films by understanding the diversity of that perspectives & opinions.” — Rahmah