07:00 PM to 10:05 PM MWF
Section Information for Summer 2013
This course will look at representations of violence, protest, and questions of human rights in international film from, paying particular attention to the geography of power and violence—how space is contested, claimed, and imagined. Covering state and anti-state violence as well as non-violent resistance, we will consider the relationship between the cultural and political complexity of most conflicts on the one hand, and the narrative demands of commercial fiction film on the other. What effect does the use of heroic and/or melodramatic frameworks have on a film’s portrayal of occupation, resistance, torture, terrorism, guerrilla warfare, and civil disobedience? How have filmmakers formulated alternative languages for telling traumatic stories? In studying representations of state violence, we will address the role that constructions of gender, class, race, and sexuality play in how violence is enacted against specific bodies and specific populations. Screenings include (among others): NO (Chile), Rendition (US), Five Minutes of Heaven (Ireland), Kaya Taran (India), The Time that Remains (Palestine), The Apple (Iran), Even the Rain (Spain/Mexico), and Django Unchained (US).
Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in film and media studies..
Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in world literature..
Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.