Film Appreciation Certification Course

EBecome aware of the potential of Cinema with this South-east Asian Film Appreciation Course.

Have an enriching experience with advanced interpretation and understanding of the carefully curated works of contemporary and classical artists and filmmakers of South-east Asia.

Emergence of SouthEast Asian Cinema:

From Classics to the Contemporary

This film appreciation course will focus on films from the countries of Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Philippines. The course will be an attempt to locate these films in their socio - political, cultural and historical context. The nuances of these films in terms of these contexts will be discussed and analysed. 8 carefully curated films will be watched and analysed. Films will be treated as cultural artifacts beyond its immediate entertainment value. Apart from screenings and discussions, reading of critical texts on these films will be done.

What you learn?

Screening and Discussion of films.

Why films need to be appreciated in their cultural and social contexts

Understanding the qualities of the medium through Space - Time articulation

Basic elements of a film

History of SouthEast Asian Cinema

What is significant about SouthEast Asian cinema in terms of its aesthetics


8 Films | 8 Days

  • Day 1

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    Simmering undercurrents in the landscapes and human beings of Naomi Kawase
    First day would be spent discussing the film of Naomi Kawase. Both the formal and the narrative aspects of the film would be discussed. Kawase’s films deal with an intricate relationship human beings share with the nature and landscape around them. Often the turmoil in human relationships takes a tangible material form in the landscapes. Also, the interesting formal experiments by Naomi Kawase in bringing documentary elements to her fiction films would also be discussed.

  • Day 2

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    Burden of history in the long takes of Lav Diaz
    On the second day we would be engaging with the work of Lav Diaz. Lav Diaz’s films are characterised by its extended long takes. His films are politically charged and deal with the violent history of the Philippines still residing in the collective memory of its population. The durational length of his films itself is a political statement resisting the duration limits of the commodified film market.

  • Day 3

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    Playful interweaving of the real and mythical
    The work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul would be dealt with on day 3. His films are characterised by the way he interweaves the contemporary political turmoil in Thailand with elements from its mythical past, different temporal entities come to exist in the same plane. Formally his films use extreme long takes and an atmospheric soundtrack that bring the mystery of his films to the fore.

  • Day 4

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    Power Structures unpacked in the cinema of Bong Joon-Ho
    Bong Joon-Ho’s films unravel the structures of power that are strongly weaved into our reality. His recent film “Parasite” explored in ways capitalist power regiments our sensorial engagement with reality. The discussions on day 4 of the course would be around this.

  • Day 5

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    The singular visual language of Yasujiro Ozu
    Among the greatest filmmakers of all time, Yasujiro Ozu’s visual language creates a singular experience. One can draw an association between the graphic aspect of the formal elements in his films with nuances from the Japanese culture. His works often return to the subject matter of familial turmoils.

  • Day 6

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    Japanese New Wave - Shohei Imamura
    Shohei Imamura was a leading figure of Japanese modern new wave. He was part of a group of filmmakers who liberated Japanese films out of the studios. His films focussed on the lives of people living at the edges of Japanese society, voices rarely represented in Japanese cinema until then.

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    Taiwanese Auteur Cinema - Tsai Ming Liang
    Day 7 of the course will have discussions on the work of Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming Liang. His films are known for his idiosyncratic vision in the representation of ideas such as desire, melancholy, solitude, alienation.

  • Day 8

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    Sublime realism of Kenji Mizoguchi
    Revered by filmmakers across the world, Mizoguchi can rightly be called as the foundational figure of Japanese cinema.Set mostly in the Japanese feudal era, his films were characterised by long tracking shots of extraordinary beauty that exalted the values of humanism not through overt melodrama but sublime evocations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The certification courses offered by ed-trix are live online classes that help you improve your skills and act as the starting point for a career, project completion or just to get better on the particular topic. With activities, discussions and assignments, learn by doing at every stage of the course with the best mentorship from experts in the field.
This is a weekend course, where the classes take place every Saturday & Sunday between 10.00 am to 12.00 pm for a duration of three months. But the student will be assigned tasks to be completed during the week.
The participants would be provided with the download link for the films well in advance to watch and ruminate prior to the live sessions.
No, this is an online live classroom program where the students can directly interact with the mentors and collaborate with the other students.
The program is in collaboration with a pioneering design college in chennai, DOT School of Design. With mentors and faculty from NID, NIT, FTI Alumni, get the best training possible from the best minds in the industry.