Screening Youth in Contemporary Latin American Cinema|
This course will examine some of the most important Latin American films to emerge in the past three decades that have cast children and teenagers as protagonists. We will analyze a large body of films that address issues of historical memory, economic inequality, social conflict, political activism, education, sexuality, cultural identity, and citizenship through the lens of the child or adolescent. These films question the roles of minors in relation to the political arena and reflect upon the constructions of childhood that operate at a social level with important political implications. Students will explore the aesthetic and social dynamics at play in the representation of young protagonists and develop interpretative filmic skills through an exploration of the connections between the technical composition of the works and the social, political, and cultural contexts that they address. Besides the varied cultural, theoretical, formal, and historical elements that this course will examine, one of the central components is a creative module in which students will develop an idea for a short film based on their own personal coming-of-age narrative.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (EDST)(FILM-MN)(HISP)(LAST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%
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Films we'll study include Rodrigo D: No futuro, La vendedora de rosas, Rapado, Los herederos, Y tu mamá también, La teta asustada, La ciénaga, La niña santa, Cochochi, Alamar, Pelo Malo, Temporada de patos, among others. Critical and theoretical readings will focus on film studies, cultural geography and children studies, among others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Include 2 short film analyses, a semester long creative project, weekly participation in course blog and a final essay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is intended for students who have completed SPAN 221 with a B- or better. Readings, written assignments, and class discussion will be in Spanish. Students must attend weekly group screenings for the films.
|Instructor(s): Ospina,María Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 1||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 15||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 3||FR: 3|
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