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WHAT IS FILM LITERACY?

The reputable French film historian Jean Mitry said, "A film is a world which organises itself in terms of a story." The statement is at once simple yet complex. How and why is the "filmic world" organised in a certain manner instead of another? Why does the "filmic world" of some artists stand through the trials of time while that of others dissolves into oblivion?

Film literacy is the ability to access, understand, appreciate and to critically evaluate different aspects of the medium and its content, thus enabling us to navigate and communicate in a variety of contexts and other related media. It is now commonly recognised that literacy in moving images has become an integral part of a wider literacy.