FTVM 455 - Topics in Film Studies
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Cinema of American Migration
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Film, Television, and Media Std (FTVM)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
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Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
35.00
Advisory Prerequisites:
FTVM 150 or FTVM (SAC) 236.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This class uses feminist anti-carceral and abolitionist perspectives to explore various myths and narratives that American film has produced around the issue of im/migration. As this is a course cross-listed between American Cultures and Film, Television, and Media, we will study both U.S. immigration law and the feelings and stories produced out of those laws. The films we’ll study will grapple with some of the following questions: what does it mean to become “American”? Who gets to aspire to citizen status? How have the technologies and discourses of race, gender, sexuality, and ability shaped the idea of the model citizen? What are the different ways im/migrant labor is codified, categorized, and capitalized upon? How does the idea of the United States as a “nation of immigrants” operate in tension with histories of indigenous genocide and chattel slavery? What other forms of migration and movement—gentrification, refugeeism, climate displacement, class mobility, incarceration, space exploration, the road trip—structure the idea of America as the land of dreams?

We’ll center filmmakers who draw on marginalized histories, knowledges, and aesthetics in the service of imagining new forms of collectivity. Films may include those written and/or directed by Julie Dash, Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer, Terrence Malick, Kelly Reichardt, Werner Herzog, Isabel Sandoval, Thirza Cuthand, and Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera.

Course Requirements:

Expected weekly workload: read 1-2 scholarly articles (25-30 pages); view 1 film (90 mins to 2 hours); write a short response (250 words); and engage with your peers in class discussion. Major assignments will include a midterm essay (6-8 pages) and a final essay (12-15 pages).

 

Intended Audience:

Anyone interested in gaining familiarity with the past, present, and future of U.S. minority filmmaking and/or the cultural politics of American im/migration. 

It is recommended that students take an FTVM studies course (not production) - or a course in the Dept. of American Culture before taking this class. 

Class Format:

This will be an in-person discussion-based course.

The course meets in person and will not be recorded. Readings and films will be available on Canvas.

Assessment for this course will be asynchronous and will consist of submitting essays on Canvas. Any other homework will be submitted via Canvas during a designated time frame.

Schedule

FTVM 455 - Topics in Film Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
17203
Open
19
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
34797
Open
11
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (LAB)
 In Person
34798
Open
11
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 6:30PM
004 (LEC)
 In Person
34813
Open
6
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
005 (LEC)
 In Person
34977
Closed
0
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
006 (LAB)
 In Person
34978
Open
2
 
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Tu 6:30PM - 9:00PM

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