Human Condition: Contemporary Works
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NSOS 2840
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Social Sciences
  • Film
  • Social Justice
"It's easier to look the other way and not cover the issue," says an investigative reporter in a documentary film. Cinema is a machine that generates empathy, and this course explores the lives of individuals and communities engaged in the struggle for truth and justice, and their commitment to breaking cycles of violence and inhumanity. One filmmaker states the mission: "The function of memory is not simply to record past events but to stimulate conscience." This course investigates the ability of documentaries to do just that. Scheduled films for this semester are: In Comparison, Freedom Rider, Tales of the Grim Reaper, Merchants of Doubt, The Price We Pay, The Great Invisible, The Decent One, The Children of Chabanne, The Love of Silence, Seymour: An Introduction to Passion, My Architect, Courting Justice, Concerning Violence, We Come as Friends, A Whisper to a Roar.
Course Open to: Degree Students