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2009 > 4-Week Documentary Workshop — November 2009


Tin Town

by Nora Connor, Clementine Wallace, Colton Margus

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University of Failures

by Samantha Noble, Ryan Nacol




Jonah’s Quest

by Jonah Akufai

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Zola Budd

by Pam Tietze, Ruby Lane

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by Elizabeth Amondi, Elise Lorimer

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4-Week Documentary Workshop — November 2009

University of Failures

A Film By: Samantha Noble, Ryan Nacol

About The Film

University of Failers is a documentary about the unwanted and unnecessary closure of a South African school located in one of the poorest townships around Cape Town by the Minister of Education Donald Grant. This doco considers the effects this will have on the community and questions the ethical and moral standards set forth by the Ministry with this action.

About The Workshop

This 2-week HDV workshop runs twice a year and is designed for photojournalists who are looking to make the move to video-journalism and the web, new documentary filmmakers who want to launch their careers in web and television documentaries and for those with experience in some aspects of filmmaking that are looking to expand their skill, understanding and mastery of the whole process. Producers, cinematographers, editors and writers with narrative experience who are considering working in non-fiction filmmaking are also encouraged to enroll.

Students learn all aspects of the process including the importance of the still image, HDV camera, compact lighting methods, field sound, field editing and how to weave the story.