Using film as a source of reading and interpretation has become a common feature for those of us teaching at university. It provides for a cognitively different but sometimes more creative way of bringing to life some of the conceptual themes and allows our students to engage in the subject matter through medium other than written text. So far, so good.
But what happens when you allow students to ‘write’ their International Politics assignment in form of a micro-documentary? Amongst the many excellent film documentaries produced by my students over the years, one in particular stands out for me. It is a documentary produced by Melody Groenenboom, then a first year undergraduate student, who chose to address the topic of ‘human trafficking’. This is her documentary featured here. For more information and for some of Melody’s own reflections of what choosing to produce a film documentary has meant for her and the process of learning, please visit thevisionmachine.com