Documentary Filmmaking

Documentary Filmmaking: Messages for Change, led by Mahasen Nasser-Eldin

This course will introduce students to the craft of documentary filmmaking through both theoretical and practical classes. Students will learn about different writing styles, scripts, and research methods that will help them develop their own film ideas. During workshops and lab exercises, students will undergo training in sound, camera, montage, directing and producing. The course is geared towards documentary storytelling, how to tell people’s stories, how to involve audiences and create messages for change. By the end of the course students will make their own documentary films, from script to screen, under the theme of creating messages for change.

Mahasen Nasser-Eldin is a Palestinian filmmaker, researcher and academic who was born and raised in Jerusalem. Nasser-Eldin completed her undergraduate studies in Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and later her Masters in Filmmaking at Goldsmiths College, London. Since then she has returned to Jerusalem where she has been working on producing documentary films about the lives of Palestinians, as well as teaching film production and film studies at Bethlehem’s Dar al-Kalima College of Arts & Culture.