From September 27 to 29, the Visual Media Festivalhosted by the Dept. of Urban Sociology was held in theInternational Conference Room on the 2nd floor of theNatural Science Building.
The Dept. of Urban Sociologyshowed documentaries about the connection between educationand visual media. Theirintroduction attracted audiencesto participate in variousprograms of the VisualMedia Festival.Documentaries aboutthe connection betweeneducation and visual mediawere shown first.
Educationalfilms such as `WeBuilt This City: New York`were shown.
This film,made by the DiscoveryChannel, traced the 400-year history of New Yorkand compared New York`soutward appearance fromthe past to the present.
Thisfilm consisted of varioustopics from how Wall Streetand New York gained theirname to how New Yorkbecame a center of the world`s economy. This film successfullycaptivated audiences for 45 minutes by connecting storieswith logical explanations.After that, documentaries of different genres were shown.
They introduced new and striking documentaries talking aboutenvironment, history, disability and sexuality. They overturnedexisting bias that documentaries are all tedious.A documentary, `Pink Palace`, focused on disabled andtheir sexual desires. Pink Palace is a real place. It is a brothellocated in Melbourne, Australia.
Professors of the Dept. ofSocial Welfare and Urban Sociology and student representativesshared their opinions with the director and the staff afterwatching their documentary. Interestingly, every staff of `PinkPalace` was disabled people.
It was very meaningful discussion.The director said that they directly represented the sexualdesires of disabled people,which have been ignored for along time.Some documentaries recommendedby 2006 EBSInternational DocumentaryFestival (EIDF) were shown.
The director of the BusinessBureau explained about thoserecommended documentaries.`The Grace Lee Project`, oneof the recommended documentaries,is about Asianwomen living in Americawhose names are Grace Lee.
This documentary reflectedsorrows and wishes of minorities,especially Asian womenliving in the USA.Documentaries made byamateur university studentswere shown last. Their documentarieswere unique and attractive enough.The `Visual Media Festival` examined the utilization offilm in the study of urban sociological education.
Also it motivatedstudents who never had an interest in documentaries.Now the `Visual Media Festival` is developing to express creativethinking and grow experimental spirits of UOS students.
In the nearer future, the `Visual Media Festival` will establishitself as one of the most renowned representatives of universityfilm festivals.
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