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About the impact of art
and the art of impact:
Social Impact Documentaries
scientific-artistic PhD at Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF by Lillian Rosa
The aim of the PhD project is to conduct scientific and artistic research into the question of what characterizes social impact documentaries and what opportunities and risks they entail for documentary film production in Germany.
For social impact documentaries (SIDs), documentaries that explicitly aim to bring about "positive social change", there are far-reaching ecosystems for production, financing and distribution in parts of the world. Ethical issues run through all areas, but often independent, culturally and artistically valuable films are created. Germany lacks the new alliances for SIDs that are being forged in other countries.
Based on existing academic studies, self-reporting by SID institutions and expert interviews, the scientific work explores the forms and strategies of SIDs in the USA, the UK and Germany. What typical production conditions, campaigns and effects can be identified in comparison and can conclusions be drawn as to how the genre could be further developed in Germany?
Interviews with industry experts for basic research in Germany will be incorporated into the academic and artistic work.
The artistic part consists of an experimental, enlightening, critical and constructive social impact documentary about SIDs, which is created in an open, recursive process and aims at experimentally gained experiential knowledge.
Prof. Dr. Jens Eder, Prof. Gesa Marten
Project Webside at Filmuniversität Babelberg KONRAD WOLF
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