Current news articles for the Centre for Film and Media Studies.
Students will have access to experts in new technology, global media, international telecommunications and media studies. As a professional with a global perspective, the twinned degree is aimed at equipping students with the knowledge required to play a powerful role in redefining the way the world communicates.
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.
Strike a Rock is the feature length documentary on the women of Marikana, produced by CFMS alumna Aliki Saragas, developed from the graduation film she produced for the Master of Documentary Arts programme. Voices that were previously unheard – the strong women leaders and the community that surrounds the mine – speak out in Strike A Rock.
CFMS was recently represented by five scholars at the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference in Cartagena, Colombia, on "Transforming Culture, Politics and Communication: New media, new territories, and new discourses". Associate Professor Tanja Bosch, Dr Wallace Chuma, HoD Professor Herman Wasserman, PhD student Willemien Calitz and Master's student Rozanne Engel attended, presenting on a variety of topics including fake news, peace journalism, journalism and conflict, China-Africa and the media and female filmmakers in the South African context.
Professor Herman Wasserman, director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies, has been awarded the prestigious Georg Forster Research Award by the Alexander Humboldt Foundation. The award, granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire career achievements, includes a cash award and an invitation to undertake prolonged research in Germany.
There’s Still Good, a 2016 University of Cape Town Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS) graduation film, has officially been selected to screen at the 38th annual Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in July 2017.
On Tuesday 20 June, one of CFMS’ PhD students, Solly Moeng, led a discussion at our weekly seminars on “Fake News in Our Time”. The discussion formed part of the Geneva-based World Communication Forum’s “Global Touch” initiative and was shared with a global community of professionals on World Communication Forum Associations platforms.
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.