Screening Youth in Contemporary Latin American Cinema|
Fall 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: (EDST)(FILM-MN)(HISP)(LAST)
Selected critical and theoretical readings about the construction of the child and adolescent in contemporary culture. Reviews of films and interviews with filmmakers.
Los olvidados, Rodrigo D: No futuro, La vendedora de rosas, Rapado, Los rubios, Los herederos, Y tu mamá también, Paraíso, La ciénaga, La niña santa, Cochochi, Alamar, La Playa D.C., Temporada de patos, Lake Tahoe, Navidad, Cidade de Deus, Heli, La tercera orilla, La sirga, Los hongos, Los herederos, Pelo malo, among others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly participation in course blog, film journal, 2 brief filmic analyses and a longer essay (6-8 pages) with revisions.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is intended for students who have completed Spanish 221. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before pre-registering. Readings, written assignments, and class discussion will be in Spanish. Students should be able to attend mandatory evening screenings of the films twice weekly on the days before each class. -- 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
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