04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R
Innovation Hall 207
Section Information for Fall 2014
This course will look at representations of violence, protest, and questions of human rights in the international film, paying particular attention to 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. For example: What effect does the use of heroic and/or melodramatic frameworks have on a film's portrayal of occupation, resistance, torture, terrorism, guerilla warfare, and civil disobedience? What does it mean to consume narratives of trauma? How have filmmakers formulated alternative languages for telling traumatic stories? In studying representations of state violence, we will address constructions of gender, class, race, and sexuality, and how these constructions work in relation to discourses of security and crisis. Screenings include (among others): Madame Sata (Brazil), The Missing Picture (Cambodia), Firaaq (India), The Magdalene Sisters (Ireland), Twelve Years a Slave (US), The Terrorist (Sri Lanka), Pan's Labyrinth (Spain), Bamako (Mali), and Clandestinos (Cuba). (Note: countries in parentheses refer to the firm's setting)
Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in film and media studies..
Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.