Political Cinema and the Other
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NFLM 3340
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
- Media Studies
- Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
- Global Studies
In contemporary war, the Other is viewed not only as an enemy to be fought but often as one to be eliminated. How do filmmakers resist (or reinforce) such deadly representations? This class focuses on one of the world's most conflict-ridden regions—the Middle East—but films from Russia, Germany, France, and the United States are also discussed. Through readings and assigned films, students learn how the Other is constructed in a film narrative, politically, aesthetically, and ethically. The course is designed for students interested in filmmaking and film criticism, contemporary politics and history (especially of the Middle East), and the cinema of conflict and violence and associated ethical questions.