ROME INSTITUTE OF EDUCATIONAL CINEMATOGRAPH

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In 2006, Zoë Druick presented her work on The International Educational Cinematograph Institute to the ARTHEMIS team at Concordia University. The talk became an article published in theCanadian Journal of Film Studies. We are pleased to offer it online in a downloadable format. You are welcome to comment the paper.

Tracing the forgotten history of the Rome Institute of Educational Cinematography (1928-1937) provides an opportunity to reexamine the role of the League of Nations in legitimizing the development of international cultural institutions during the inter-war period. This examination of the discourse that emerged around education and film in this context includes a consideration of the degree to which that discourse was influenced by the “reactionary modernism” that characterized the Fascist ideology within which the institute operated. Equally significant is the unique role the Institute played at a formative moment in the development of film studies.

Zoë Druick is associate professor in the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University. She has published numerous articles on documentary film and educational media. Her books include Projecting Canada: Government Policy and Documentary Film at the National Film Board of Canada and Programming Reality: Perspectives on English-Canadian Television (with Aspa Kotsopoulos). She is currently completing on a manuscript on Allan King's film A Married Couple.