C LIT 315
Examines the cinema of a particular national, ethnic or cultural group, with films typically shown in the original language with subtitles. Topics reflect themes and trends in the national cinema being studied.
C. LIT. 315 / NEAR E. 410: The Middle East through Cinema
The UN estimates the population in the Middle East and North Africa (M.E.N.A) will reach 430 million by 2020. 280 million are expected to live in urban environments. This course will examine how filmmakers in the region have been grappling with this phenomenon and how film, as a medium, can illuminate the experience of social existence en masse. The class will center on key films about life in the region’s largest metropolises: Casablanca, Cairo, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Tehran. Students will be expected to view the films, in their entirety, either during special screening hours or independently. Readings and additional screening material will accompany each film. The required course packet will be available at the copy store on the North-East corner of 42nd and the Ave, "Professional."
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