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Fall 2018
Apr 25,2024
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In this course we will screen a cross-section of movies by Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers. By studying historical and recent cinema from both countries, we will analyze how content, style, and other audio/visual elements portray this complex and bloody struggle for security and independence. We will watch and discuss work from a variety of genres but focus on the some of the grimmest films in which philosophical, political, economic and other interdisciplinary reference to qualities and definitions of "nihilism." We will trace the past 50 years of filmmaking in this region of the Middle East focusing on ways that they "depict a belief that life is pointless and human values are worthless." (Encarta World English Dictionary 1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.) A deep sense of futility and failure pervades innovative cinema by Israelis and Palestinians: of lost opportunities, of past collaborations, of so many dashed hopes. After viewing a film straight through, we may repeat, and review segments to facilitate discussions. In order to provide context for films and issues, we will also read about and discuss the history, religions, and international politics surrounding this significant part of the world.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Contemporary Arts Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     

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