Now in its 20th edition, the Documentary Summer School (DSS 2019) is jointly organized by the Università della Svizzera italiana and Locarno Film Festival, in collaboration with the Semaine de la critique.

The DSS explores different research and production relevant issues concerning documentary cinema. Given the great pervasiveness with which currently images and representations spread, for some years the DSS has decided to focus on the theme of ethics in documentary filmmaking. This year the DSS will be held on 11-18 August and will reflect upon the representations of people and issues we do not experience directly: “the others”. The respectful coexistence between people different in terms of culture, sexual choices, origin, religion is becoming an issue of crucial importance. The aim of the DSS will be to investigate this issue in the context of audiovisual representations – such as documentaries, but also reportages. Which forms of communication could build bridges among people? Which ones can reduce fear, distrust, rejection? Which ones are at risk of dividing people?

Speakers include: Prof. Maria Cristina Lasagni, the DSS director, lecturer in cinema and documentary at USI with more than 20 years’ experience in teaching and researching documentary filmmaking and media ethics. Prof. Nevina Satta CEO of the Sardegna Film Commission and a board member of Cineregio, the EU network of Regional Film Funds; Andrea Segre an award-winner filmmaker who has directed over twenty films of documentary and fiction genre exploring issues such as ethnic and cultural identity, migration, social and economic crisis. Prof. Gail Vanstone a well-known researcher in the field of Feminist Cultural Production with an emphasis on Literature and Film, Canadian Cultural Production, Contemporary Critical Cultural Theory; Prof. Brian Winston founding director of the Glasgow Media Group and founding chair of the British Association of Film, Television and Media Studies. Among the DSS guests also professional documentarists from Semaine de la critique selection.

The DSS is open up to 30 undergraduate students in the fields of film, media and communication studies. Graduate students, early PhD students and emerging filmmakers are also welcome to apply.

The participation fee (CHF 550) covers accreditation valid for Festival screenings from 11 to 17 August, a red carpet experience and the following Piazza Grande screening, lectures and meetings, bed and breakfast accommodation for 7 nights at the Locarno Youth Hostel, social events, public talks and a closing dinner with participants from all the Summer Academy programs. The DSS students will also receive a participation certificates.

The double goal of the 20th DSS is to be a learning experience but also to make students feel part of the Locarno Experience.


For further information:

Documentary Summer School – Organizing committee
Università della Svizzera italiana
Via Buffi 13, 6900 Lugano
Tel. +41 (0)58 666 4814

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