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Tamara Cooper
C LIT 397
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Cinema Studies

Varying topics relating to film in social contexts. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.

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C LIT 397 - Third Cinema: A Call to Action? will run M/T/W/Th. M/W are screening days and T/Th are interactive lecture days. If students wish to receive a 'W' (writing) credit they may do so with no additional work. There is no expectation that students should be already familiar with vocabulary and concepts necessary for analyzing film as part of making social change.

Description: Fundamentally, third cinema is that of anti-colonial resistance emerging out of Latin America and Africa in the 1960s. We are going to consider the impact of Third Cinema on more contemporary work around the world. It has had such enormous impact that each time film theorists declare its demise, new questions, which may actually be old questions, arise. As such, Third Cinema: a Call to Action? begins by contextualizing the works of such anti-colonial filmmakers as Pontecorvo, Solonas, Rouch, and Sembene to revisit the significance of a Third lens.

We trouble the language and politics of Diaspora, imperfect, hybrid, creolized, transnational cinemas across time and nation as these are taken up within the contexts of more contemporary queer, feminist, anti-racist and post-colonial cultural production. Although a good number of the contemporary films will come from communities of African descent, we will ask what it means to claim inheritance of third cinema practice in contemporary First Nations film as well as that of Latino and South Asian Diaspora within North America, and the U.K.

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Last Update by Tamara Cooper
Date: 11/11/2013