Human Rights Issues Explored on Film
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NFLM 3418
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Media Studies
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
  • Human Rights
Description:
At great personal risk, independent filmmakers around the globe capture human rights stories that are unlikely to appear on television. We discuss films dealing with teenage prostitution in Thailand, slave labor in the Caribbean, the rights of immigrants, and other important issues. We ask: What issues of human rights are raised in each film? Are they primarily race or gender issues? Do they involve war or dehumanization? What are the cultural implications of these human rights issues? Do outsiders have the right to interfere? Most important, how do the filmmakers use their craft and technique to tell the stories? Film screenings and discussions are supplemented by presentations by guest filmmakers, who take us behind the scenes.
Course Open to: Degree Students