At the end of the course, the student:|
• is able to recall basic information on canonical movies, figures, movements, dates and techniques of cinema from the French speaking world;
• is able to recall basic information on ‘Francophone world’ (geographically, historically, politically)
• is able to recall, explain and apply basic cultural and cinematographic concepts, theories and techniques to analyse contemporary francophone cinema;
• is able to interpret the movies studied during the course within the historical/cultural/political context (in particular with the challenges of the power inequalities in the French speaking world);
• is able to explain how such movies have contributed to collective identity formation and continue to influence the construction of such identities;
• is able to elucidate how cultural identities in present-day French speaking societies are constructed on the basis of geographical divides, class, gender and sexuality, religious background, ethnicity etc.
• is able to present a sound analysis of a chosen topic/movie from contemporary francophone cinema.
The course has two components: a ‘cinéclub’ (we will watch a selection of 10 canonical/well received movies) and lectures. These lectures provide an introduction to Cinema in French, examining productions from France, Québec, sub-Saharan Africa (Mali, Senegal), the Maghreb (Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco), Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia). In the first part of the course, we will survey the most important historical and technical events of French cinema, and consider how these were influenced by and have influenced society and have come to shape collective identities. In the second part of the course, we will discuss various themes that will allow us to investigate contemporary changes and debates in the French speaking world (national identities, multiculturalism, (colonial) memory and trauma, social inequalities, gender and sexuality, religion and ‘laïcité’, etc.).
Language of the course: English