Meet the foreign lecturers invited to teach the courses on film history of the BRICS countries
The 4th BRICS Film Festival programme will include four courses on South African, Chinese, Indian, and Russian film history, all taught by specially invited foreign lectures.
Learn more about these renowned professors.
Ashish Rajadhyaksha and his encyclopaedia of Indian cinema
Professor Ashish Rajadhyaksha is one of the researchers confirmed to attend the 4th BRICS Film Festival. Rajadhyaksha is one of the leading Indian film specialists and one of the authors of the Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema. Covering films in the major Indian languages, the volume has biographical information on directors, actors, producers, and screenwriters. It also has a timeline with the major landmarks of Indian cinema, as well as an infographic on sound and silent films.
For the Chinese film history course, the presence of Professor Shi Chuan, who is also a film critic and producer in Shanghai, is confirmed.
Chosen to teach the Chinese film history course, Professor Shi Chuan is confirmed at the 4th BRICS Film Festival. Dr. Chuan is also a film critic and producer in Shanghai and a professor at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, one of China’s most traditional film schools.
For the past seven years, his pioneering spirit has led him into digital restoration and preservation of classic Chinese films such as Hibiscus Town (1986) and Stage Sisters (1965).
Martin Botha brings South African film history to the festival
One of South Africa’s confirmed representatives at the 4th BRICS Film Festival is Professor Martin Botha, author of South African Cinema 1896-2010. A specialist in South African film history, Botha approaches the history of film in the country from an inclusive perspective in his book. The volume also aims to analyse the country’s century-plus turbulent socio-political context. It also features more than 200 illustrations, covering several aspects of South African film history that had never been documented.
Peter Bagrov will teach the Russian and Soviet film history course
Professor Peter Bagrov is a film historian and archivist. Bagrov, who will also take part in the 4th BRICS Film Festival Audiovisual Preservation Meeting, has just been hired by the George Eastman Museum in Rochester as a curator of the Moving Image Department to replace Paolo Cherchi Usai. He holds a PhD from the Institute for Cinema Studies in Moscow (2011). He was a research associate at the Russian Institute of Art History and an associate professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television. Between 2013 and 2017 he served as senior curator at Gosfilmofond of Russia. He also served as artistic director of the Belye Stolby Archive Film Festival and as vice president of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). His areas of interest are Soviet film, theatre, and art history of the 1910s through 1960s. He has published more than 100 papers and has curated several film festivals retrospectives.
These will be intensive courses with classes in English, with simultaneous translation, and accompanied by the screening of rare films (with English subtitles).
The lecturers will bring an in-depth perspective on the different eras and styles of each country’s cinema to their classes, which will be complemented by the BRICS Classics programme.
Registration will be free and participants with a minimum attendance of 75% will be entitled to a certificate.