ActiveWatch organizes the second MEDEAnet workshop “Use of Documentary Film in the Classroom” on the 5th of October 2013 in Bucharest. The workshop is dedicated to pre-universitary educators teaching civic education and social and humanistic studies as well as history and Competence into mass media.

Our aim is to help teachers discover the advantages of using the documentary film in the classroom. During the six hours workshop the participants will learn about ways to decode documentary films and strategies to use it in the work with their students: the preparation of the film projection, watching a documentary film, exercises to decode the visual language and narrative construction, the use of the film as a tool to stimulate debate on social, cultural and historic issues. The Romanian documentary film we propose for this particular session tackles the topic of discrimination. It was selected in more than 50 film festivals around the world and teachers participating in the Reel Education program in the USA use it.

At the end of the workshop, the participants will receive a diploma, the DVD with the documentary film and a handbook containing the guidelines to use the film in the classroom.

Alexandru Solomon has been making film documentaries since 1993, while pursuing his career as director of photography for fiction films. His films are mixing genres, using his visual and experimental skills and have been screened in TV stations and awarded in festivals around the world. During the last years, Alexandru has entered the arena of international coproduction with the Great Communist Bank Robbery (premiered at IDFA 2004, broadcasted by the BBC, Arte, FR2). He is the director of the One World ORmania documentary film festival and teaches at the Photo-video department of UNARTE (National University for Arts).

Adina Brădeanu is the Web & Project Consultant at DocWest – Center for Research and Film Production at the University of Westminster, UK and Consultant for the Romanian Book Collection of the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford (UK). Adina has worked with documentary film since 1994, first as a researcher at the Romanian Peasant Museum in Bucharest and then as a PhD student and Visting Lecturer for the BA in Contemporary Media Practice of the Westminster University in London.

Participation is free of charge. The workshop in Romania is part of the MEDEAnet workshop series organized in seven European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Greece and Romania. The aim of the workshops is primarily to show teachers and educators the potential of using various media in educational contexts.

The institutional partners in the workshop are One World Romania and DocWest (University of Westminster).

MEDEAnet is a 3-year network project funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme, running from January 2012 to December 2014.


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