COMP 245 Spring 2014 Revolution in Arab Cinema

Cross Listed as ARAB245
This course examines the cinematic portrayal of revolution, civil war, and nationalist struggles in the Middle East. We will look at how Arab directors have interpreted liberation struggles and nationalist revolutions to include broader cinematic discourses on culture, gender, social conflict, and national identity. In addition, we will consider whether Arab films wrestling with recent history may be viewed as harbingers of the upheaval and optimism brought on by the Arab Spring. In covering such rich ground, this course seeks to provide students with a critical introduction to the language of film while presenting a social and historical context to the major conflicts in the region in the past half-century. We will cover feature film production, documentaries, short films, and digital media. While students will view films from across the region, special emphasis will be given to films pertaining to the Egyptian Revolution. Filmmakers include Yousry Nasrallah, Ibrahim El Batout (Egypt); Moufida Tlatli (Tunisia); Ziad Douerie and Nadine Labaki (Lebanon); Elia Sulieman and Michel Khaleifi (Palestine). The course will highlight many of the amateur digital videos that have been instrumental in exposing both the brutalities of the repressive regimes and the triumphs of the mass mobilizations against them. Class will be conducted in English.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, weekly readings in film criticism, a few film reviews and short reading responses, one presentation, a midterm, and a final paper
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: students majoring in Arabic Studies
Department Notes: Arabic Studies Elective
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ARAB Arabic Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 17
Class Number: 3026
COMP245-01(S) LEC Revolution in Arab Cinema Division 1: Languages and the Arts Cancelled 3026
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