Screening Youth in Contemporary Latin American Cinema|
Spring 2020 not offered
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: (FILM-MN)(HISP)
Films to be studied include Los olvidados, Rodrigo D: No futuro, La vendedora de rosas, Rapado, Los rubios, Los herederos, Y tu mamá también, La teta asustada, La ciénaga, La niña santa, Cochochi, Alamar, La Playa D.C., Pelo Malo, Temporada de patos, La sagrada familia, Ixcanul.
|Examination and Assignments: |
2 short papers, a creative project, participation in course blog and a final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is intended for students who have completed SPAN 221 with a B- or better. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before pre-registering. Readings, written assignments, and class discussion will be in Spanish. Only COL students may take this course CR/U. Reading and writing are the best ways for adult learners to improve their spoken Spanish. You will therefore improve all of your language skills in this course.