Santa Clara University

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Phone: 408-554-4832
Room number: Arts & Sciences 238
Courses taught:
Visual Communication, Introduction to Digital Filmmaking, Short Documentary Production, Short Fiction Production, History/Theory of Film, History/Theory of the Documentary, Third World Cinemas, Global Cinema, The Fantastic in Film and Literature

Dr. Yahia K. Mahamdi

Associate Professor

B.A. in Cinema Studies, The University of Paris-VIII-Vincennes, 1977

M.A. in Cinema Studies, The University of Paris-VIII-Vincennes, 1978

D.E.A. (Diplomed’EtudesApprofondies) in Film/Cinema Studies, Institute of Art and Archeology, University of Paris I-Sorbonne, 1980

PhD in Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin, 1992

MFA in Film Production, School of the Arts, Columbia University, 1999

As a scholar, Mahamdi’s work on Global Media appeared in anthologies, journals of communication, and as book chapters published in the U.S. and in Europe. As a filmmaker, his work began in Paris, France where he made short documentaries on the subject of immigration, one of which was for his graduate degree at the Sorbonne under the direction of Jean Rouch, a key figure of the Cinema Verite School.  Since joining Santa Clara University in 1999, his short fiction films and feature-length documentaries have screened at film festivals and at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City. His fiction film, City of Dreams won the award of Best Short Film at The University of Washington Short Film Festival and his documentary, Thank You for Your Patience, has been distributed nationally through local cable stations and labor organizations working for Workers’ Compensation reform. Mahamdi's short films, The Rainy Season, and The Last Farm in the City, and documentary feature, Cease and Desist, are in distribution. His latest film, a documentary on diversity at Santa Clara University titled In-Tolerance, is in post-production.