Transnational Contemp Cinema
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Cultural Studies
Course Number: LCST 4060
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
- Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
- Media Studies
- Media & Culture
*Transnational Contemporary Cinema* [Tracks M & S] This seminar is dedicated to the study of the impact of globalization on contemporary cinema, and the way in which filmmakers imagine their local worlds as interconnected with, mutually dependent on or put under pressure by the global world system. If transnationalism can be understood generally as the combination of forces that link people, places and institutions across nations, then transnational cinema reflects the increasing tendency of a film’s place of production or setting, the nationality of its makers or performers, and the source of its financing or funding to be interrelated, interdependent or at variance with each other. As we are witnessing the increased mobility across national boundaries of goods, services, labor and bodies, how do filmmakers respond with their own forms of transnationalism? They have to address audiences differently, for instance, by paying more attention to the film-festival circuit, by using actors familiar from other (national) cinemas, or by telling stories of dislocation, chance-encounters, border-crossings and chain reactions. The transnational is thus a feature of both mainstream ‘global’ cinema in the US and Europe, and of its counter-tendencies, as they manifest themselves in post-colonial societies, developing nations and among indigenous communities. We shall be studying both a representative sample of films and apply new methodologies of analysis, to identify and examine ‘accented’ and ‘exilic’ cinema, ‘diasporic’ and ‘hyphenated’ directors, as well as the effects of digital technologies on filmmaking in Asia, Latin America, and Europe, and the dynamics of contact and competition with North American cinema and markets. [Tracks M & S]
Open to Undergraduate students.
Open to Junior students.
Open to Fifth Year students.
Open to Senior students.