Educating Through Film

By: Pedro Alves  

Cinema is a powerful way to express, experiment, and understand reality. By watching films, we expand our cognitive, emotional, and empirical horizons; by making them, we express what we make of ourselves and our world, through image and sound. Within fiction or non-fiction, within narrative or experimental filmmaking, we are able to reflect on our lives and contexts, our past, present, and future. Therefore, students usually benefit largely from cinema's incorporation within school curricula and environments. In 2018, a project held in Portugal (“Olhar pela Lente”), at Vila Verde Secondary School (district of Braga), involved 168 students from 10th grade non-artistic classes in the creation of short films. These students developed and configured their vital perspectives through filmic and narrative codes, expressing their concerns, desires, worldviews and voices. Filmmaking became a way to democratize their roles within the school and their social environment, motivating them for a better and closer involvement with both. In this paper, we present the project, looking into its pedagogical scope, the creative methodology applied, and some of the main results.

Cinema, Filmmaking, Education, Short films, Olhar pela Lente, Portugal
Arts Education
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Pedro Alves

Professor, Sound and Image, School of Arts - Catholic University of Portugal

PhD in Audiovisual Communication at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). Assistant Professor at the School of Arts of the Catholic University of Portugal (Porto). Researcher at CITAR and collaborator of CITCEM. Member of the scientific associations ICONO14 (Spain) and AIM (Portugal). Since 2010 he has been involved in national and international scientific events and projects, on subjects such as film narrative, film recepcion, film education, screenwriting, and creativity. He was co-coordinator of the books "Learning from cinema: narrative and didactics" (ICONO14 & CITCEM, 2014), "Film crafts: manual for cinematographic practices" (ICONO14 & CITCEM, 2017) and "Fusions in cinema: education, didactics and technology" (Whitebooks, 2018). He coordinated the V Creative Cities International Conference (Porto, 2017), and was invited to participate in the XI Annual Meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (Enghien-les-bains, 2017) and evaluate the 2017 applications for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. He has worked in cinema since 2007, mainly within production and with authors such as Manoel de Oliveira or Salomé Lamas. He is frequently invited to lectures in schools in Portugal, within his fields of teaching, research and practice.