“In both law and documentary film, reality or the truth of the real world is mediated by the senses. Essentially, the eyes see what they want to see and the ears hear what they want to hear. The object of both good legal practice and good documentary practice is to expand the field of sight and sound to the realm of what justice requires.” —Regina Austin
In Fall 2010, a band of law students and filmmakers launched the Yale Visual Law Project and kicked off a year-long practicum integrating theory and practice. Each week, we met for two hours — the first hour to discuss readings and movies animating the intersection of law and film; the second hour to produce our own short films. We invite you to peruse our syllabus, created by Rebecca Wexler, and take from it whatever inspires you. Feel free to leave comments and share your ideas.