CMS 313 A: History of Film: 1989-Present

Spring 2022
Meeting:
TTh 3:30pm - 5:20pm / SAV 264
SLN:
12478
Section Type:
Lecture
Instructor:
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

Cinema Across Borders: World Cinema in the Age of Globalization

The course explores the cinematographic, industrial, and ideological conditions of film-making since 1990, with an emphasis on political, social, and environmental issues (post-communism, mass migration, #metoo, global warming) as well as changes to the cinematic apparatus (the blockbuster, film festivals, digitization).

The course comprises five modules. Each module starts with in-class discussion of 2-3 assigned films, followed by a project in which student groups will curate a promotional for the module (including additional films) and share it with the entire class.

This is a 300-level, core course in the film studies track. Students are expected to be familiar with basic terms in film analysis.

 

Grading components:

Reading reports                                                     18     (10 × 2 points, lowest score dropped)
Viewing reports for class-discussion films          32.5  (14 × 2.5 points, lowest score dropped)
Viewing reports for project-related films           8        (4 x 2 points)
Project reports                                                      28      (1 x 4.5 points  +  4 × 6 points)
In-class assignments                                             13     (15 x 1 points, two lowest scores
       dropped)

(Total 100)

 

 

March 29: Introduction

 

  1. GLOBAL JUSTICE AND THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS CIRCUIT

March 31: A Filmless festival (PRC) 

April 5:  Divine Intervention (Palestine) (festival-less film)

April 7: Group project 1

 

  1. THE POST-POST-COLD WAR

April 12: Good Bye Lenin (Germany) 

April 14: In the Heat of the Sun (PRC)

April 19: The Act of Killing (U.S./Indonesia)

April 21: Group project 2

 

  1. MIGRATION AND RACIAL TENSIONS

April 26: La Haine (France)

April 28: The World (PRC)

May 3: Jupiter’s Moon (Hungary) 

May 5: Group project 3

 

  1. REALISM IN THE DIGITAL AGE

May 10: Ten (Iran) 

May 12: The Congress (U.S./Israel) 

May 17: Birdman (U.S.)

May 19: Group project 4

 

  1. NEW SEXUAL POLITICS

May 2: Dev D (India)

May 26: Wadjda (Saudi Arabia)

May 31: Angels Wear White (PRC)

June 2: Group project 5

 

Catalog Description:
Addresses the latest trends in international filmmaking typically with an emphasis on world cinema and issues of globalization and diaspora. Sometimes taught in conjunction with the Seattle International Film Festival.
Department Requirements Met:
Cinema & Media Studies Core
GE Requirements Met:
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Credits:
5.0
Status:
Active
Last updated:
May 16, 2024 - 11:44 pm