SMALA Cinéma - Séances scolaires
SMALA Cinéma (the old Arenberg) proposes, for the 9th and 10th of November 2015, in the setting of the Filmer à tout prix Festival, two school assemblies of documentary film analysis. The assembly on the 9th will address students from 4th to 6th primary school. The assembly on the 10th will be for students from 4th to 6th secondary school.
SMALA Cinéma supports an education in the image that comes through education in cinema. To us, making the documentary the foundation of analysis and cinematic process, especially within the scope of Filmer à tout prix, is essential.
The students are enormous consumers of images. The Internet and all the new technologies also propel them to producing images themselves, with their smartphones and other digital tools… However, they hardly ever have the chance to think about what an image is or what it implies, from both the perspectives of one who makes it and one who receives it.
Youths aren’t always conscious of the fact that the documentary is a cinematic genre that processes reality, through the gaze and the imagination of a director.
Thus, the objective of these sessions is to steer them towards reading a movie as an intention, as a subjective expression addressed to their own subjectivity.
Learning to see and to hear in order to prompt detachment reflexes, to allow the triggering of an analytical process of cinematic writing, which creates a conversation between sounds and images.
Beyond this subject, it is vital to analyze form; the manner in which the subject is approached: “What are they telling me? How do they tell it to me? What is the relationship of the filmmaker to what he’s filming? What place are they giving me? From where am I watching the film, how am I positioning myself in front of what’s being told to me…”; as well as interrogating the context of the production, historical as well as social, economic…
We hope to develop a taste, a curiosity, a pleasure of watching movies for the form and their choice of formal construction, just as much as for the emotions that these films could provide to students.
Moreover, these assemblies will allow us to take on ambiguousness, which exists more and more today between the fictional image and the documentary image. How, once we film it, reality is transformed.
The documentary has a role to play in the construction of a personal perception of the world, in the construction of an open and critical view.
We are certain that these references will serve as foundations for viewing and analyzing, on a larger scale, other types of images.
The SMALA cinéma team (the old Arenberg)