Current news articles for the Centre for Film and Media Studies.
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On Tuesday, 8 May, renowned journalist and UCT alumna Zubeida Jaffer introduced CFMS to the online media initiative The Journalist. Jaffer explained that today’s students are clueless about certain aspects of the anti-apartheid struggle and the role the media played in South Africa’s liberation movement.
It’s official, Strike a Rock, directed by UCT alumna Aliki Saragas, is the winner of the Backsberg-Encounters Audience Award for Best South African Documentary. Victoria Payne wrote a summary of the documentary’s screening at the Encounters documentary festival:
This year, the 67th Annual International Communication Conference (ICA) was hosted in San Diego, USA, from 25-29 May. CFMS’ HOD Professor Herman Wasserman and Associate Professor Tanja Bosch presented a paper titled Global National Populist Movements and Moments: Xenophobia in South Africa, in which they explored the growth of xenophobia in the context of the international rise of populism.
On Wednesday 31 May, the UCT Connoisseur Society, in collaboration with the Centre for Film and Media Studies, was honoured to host an exclusive screening of the acclaimed local feature film Tess. The screening was attended by its director Meg Rickards, lead actress Christia Visser, and an audience of more than 50 intrigued students, friends and local filmmakers.
May was Africa Month, and in celebration, CFMS hosted two events for Women Screen Africa - firstly a screening of African films directed by women, and secondly a panel discussion on those films by postgraduate students.
On 9 and 10 June CFMS will be hosting a student showcase to the public to highlight our work in film and media. This will take place in the Neville Alexander Lecture Theatres 1 and 2 on UCT Upper Campus. CFMS offers two majors - one in Film and TV Studies, and another in Media and Writing.
CFMS' third year Interactive media and Broadcast Journalism students recently went on a field trip to the City of Cape Town Council Chambers. The trip was in the lead up to modules in Data Journalism and Video Documentary, both with strong focuses on the City of Cape Town with respect to spatial inequality and the City Budget for the 2017/18 financial year.
On Friday 12 May, CFMS students were visited by Jackson Fager, the Vice Africa Bureau Chief. Students of the third year Interactive Media, Broadcast Journalism and Screen Production classes gathered at the UCT TV Studio housed in the Baxter Theatre Complex for a screening and QnA session of Vice on HBO's "Right to Die" - a 25 minute documentary on the legal provisions for the practice of euthanasia in the US and Europe.
On Tuesday 23 May, CFMS' Dr Wallace Chuma presented his research on peace journalism that he showcased at the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta earlier in the month. It forms part of the overall research Chuma conducted alongside Prof Herman Wasserman and Associate Professor Tanja Bosch for the Media, Conflict and Democratisation (Mecodem) project.
On Tuesday 16 May, Saheed Bello from the Department of Creative Arts at the University of Lagos in Nigeria, presented his research on adaptation at the CFMS seminar. He focused specifically on the adaptation of Half of a Yellow Sun, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and adapted to film by Biyi Bandele.
CFMS Associate Professor Haupt recently presented a plenary paper at the Race + IP conference held at Boston College in Boston, Massachussets, from 20-22 April 2017. Haupt presented in a plenary session titled "Reimagining IP".