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Lecturer in Screen Production and Film Theory & Practice, University of Cape Town

Dr Julia Cain is a lecturer at the Centre for Film & Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she works primarily with screen production students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is passionate about documentary film, teaching and learning, creative collaboration and developing South African creatives. Her students’ films have screened at festivals nationally and internationally and won various awards. She has a deep concern with ethics in creative practice, serves on the UCT Humanity Faculty’s Research Ethics Committee, and is part of a current research project on documentary ethics in South Africa.

Prior to her shift to full-time academia, Julia ran her own training and communications company in the Eastern Cape and then her own small production company, which specialised in educational video for local and international NGOs.


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    Lecturer in Film, University of Cape Town