Spring 2023 Ethnicity and Race, Center for Study of GU4350 section 001


Call Number 10001
Day & Time
R 4:10pm-6:00pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Eric Gamalinda
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

Russian filmmaker Andre Tarkovsky said that “the artist has no right to an idea in which he is not socially committed.” Argentine filmmaker Fernando Solanas and Spanish-born Octavio Getino postulated an alternative cinema that would spur spectators to political action. In this course we will ask the question: How do authoritarian governments influence the arts, and how do artists respond? We will study how socially committed filmmakers have subverted and redefined cinema aesthetics to challenge authoritarianism and repression. In addition, we will look at how some filmmakers respond to institutional oppression, such as poverty and corruption, even within so-called “free” societies. The focus is on contemporary filmmakers but will also include earlier classics of world cinema to provide historical perspective. The course will discuss these topics, among others: What is authoritarianism, what is totalitarianism, and what are the tools of repression within authoritarian/totalitarian societies? What is Third Cinema, and how does it represent and challenge authoritarianism? How does film navigate the opposition of censorship, propaganda and truth? How do filmmakers respond to repressive laws concerning gender and sexual orientation? How do they deal with violence and trauma? How are memories of repressive regimes reflected in the psyche of modern cinema? And finally, what do we learn about authority, artistic vision, and about ourselves when we watch these films?

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Department Ethnicity and Race, Center for
Enrollment 20 students (22 max) as of 3:06PM Sunday, April 21, 2024
Subject Ethnicity and Race, Center for Study of
Number GU4350
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20231CSER4350W001