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Our 2nd working group meeting will take place this Wednesday 14th March, at SSAS, Room 106, 4-6pm. We’ll start by watching Jean Rouch’s film ‘Chronique d’un été (Chronicle of a Summer) – info below – and will have a short time afterwards to reflect on the film and how it would inform the working group activities. Look forward to seeing you there!

Chronique d’un été (Chronicle of a Summer) is a documentary film made during the summer of 1960 by sociologist Edgar Morin and anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch, with the esthetic collaboration of director cameraman Michel Brault. The film begins with a discussion between Rouch and Morin on whether or not it is possible to act sincerely in front of a camera. A cast of real life individuals are then introduced and are led by the filmmakers to discuss topics on the themes of French society and happiness in the working class. At the end of the movie, the filmmakers show their subjects the compiled footage and have the subjects discuss the level of reality that they thought the movie obtained. It is widely regarded as an experimental and structurally innovative film and an example of cinéma vérité.

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