Like everyone else university students of the humanities are quite used to watching Hollywood productions and professional TV. It requires some didactic effort to redirect their eyes and ears away from the conventional mainstream style and on to new and challenging ways of using the film media in favour of worthy causes. However, it is also very rewarding to draw on the creativity, enthusiasm and rapidly improving technical skills of young students, and to guide them to use video equipment themselves for documentary, for philosophical film essays and intellectual debate. In the digital era it seems vital that students, scholars and intellectuals begin to utilize the enormous potentials of communication and reflection inherent in the production of moving images and sound. At Roskilde University in Denmark we have a remarkable tradition of teaching documentary, video essays and video communication as project oriented group work. We also welcome international students for this unique learning experience combining traditional intellectual virtues with experimental aesthetics and modern media. The paper will present the aims, methods and results of this teaching and discuss lines of future development.
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FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN CINEMA (CICEC), 2005