MA3070 World Cinema
Tutor: Lina Khatib
Teaching: 20 hours seminars and two visits to film festivals in London
Value: 1 unit
Availability: Autumn and Spring
The course introduces students to cinemas from outside the West, and examines those cinemas from a relevant theoretical framework, enabling students to apply theory to films. The course also discusses production issues and problems faced by film industries outside the West. This is done through examining films from Africa, Asia and South America.
The course constitutes of 4 modules, each covering a main theme over 4-5 weeks and discussing films from different countries, to enable a cross-cultural examination of themes. Themes covered include gender and sexuality, nationalism and identity, religious and ethnic conflict and youth culture.
The course includes two visits to cinemas in London to watch films, one in Autumn and one in Spring. The visits may take place at any time during those terms, and the dates are determined according to relevant screenings.
Assessment is by way of two 5,000-word essays, one by the beginning of the spring term and one by the beginning of the summer term. I will suggest questions and topics. For the second essay, there will be scope for students to choose their own related topic, but students will have to agree a written title with the tutor before starting the essay. In addition, the students are required to give one assessed presentation which counts as 10% of the final grade.