The CAMERA AS WITNESS (CAW) Program is conceived 2010 to leverage the appeal of visual information and utilize the medium of documentary film as a year-round educational tool about a number of topics and disciplines at Stanford, ranging from international relations to the environment, from energy policy to human rights.
Through screenings of world-class documentary films, expert panels, and discussions with filmmakers, it provides an innovative and structured student-centric platform for learning and engagement. Throughout the academic year, CAW presents a series of 6-7 film major screenings combined with guests and panels organized with partners across Stanford (Winter, Spring, and Summer - with the Fall quarter activities dedicated to hosting UNAFF, www.unaff.org, a renowned international documentary film festival).
In addition to these events, CAW organizes also several smaller screenings and discussions in dorms and graduate residence facilities in coordination with on-campus institutes and centers such as the Bechtel International Center, Freeman Spogli Institute and Stanford Global studies. CAW is program of Stanford Arts.
Camera as Witness Events
CAW program is founded by
Lecturer in International Relations
Jasmina Bojic has taught at Stanford University since 1996. In addition to working as a Lecturer in International Relations, Jasmina is also the Director of the Camera As Witness Program and Founder and Executive Director of the United Nations Association Film Festival. She has been working as a journalist more than thirty years, covering many political and cultural events, including the Academy Awards, Cannes, Sundance, Venice and Tribeca film festivals. Jasmina has served on juries at many international film festivals and has extensive connections with filmmakers and the film industry worldwide. She has worked as a producer/director on several documentaries and TV Programs dealing with human rights issues. In 1998 Jasmina conceptualized and organized one of the oldest international documentary film festivals in the US – UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) at Stanford University. In 2000, UNAFF’s mission was broadened to include the UNAFF Traveling Film Festival. Jasmina is Founder and Director of the CAMERA AS WITNESS program which extends the educational use of UNAFF documentaries throughout the academic year at Stanford. In 2007 – Jasmina received the “Community Treasure Award” from Stanford University President John Hennessy for her contribution in promoting dialogue and education about different cultures and issues. In 2014 the ICFT (International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication of UNESCO) presented the UNESCO Fellini Medal to Jasmina in recognition of her exceptional contribution in promoting the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through the art of documentary film.
The CAW program is generously supported by:
Helen and Peter Bing
Judy and George Marcus
Roberta and Steve Denning
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation