Tu/W/Th 03:00-05:30 223 Dwinelle Instructor: Irina Popescu

Session D:   July 3rd-August 11th

Global Cinema and Human Rights

What are human rights? How did this concept begin and where? How can film engage with human rights as a discourse and a practice? In this course, we will be viewing films from all over the world that deal with human rights issues prevailing in the 20-21 st centuries. We will explore how film engages with human rights issues and discourses around the globe. We will look at documentaries, short films, and even Oscar winning films to better understand how film genres define and illuminate human rights issues around the world. In addition to the films, we will also read several historical and critical theory pieces in order to aid our understanding of the films and their connection to human rights theory and practice in contemporary society. We will cover a variety of topics from crimes against humanity, immigration, race, and sexual identity.

This course will revolve around the following questions:

 How does film take up history?

 How can film act as a stand in for history during periods of silence and repression?

 How can we read the documentary feature?

 Through which mechanisms, formal or otherwise, does film grapple with periods in history overwrought by human rights abuses?

 How are these “stories” told, who tells them, why, to what end, for what audience?

 What is the relationship between fiction and non-fiction in the non-documentary features we will be watching?

Films may include: District 9 (South Africa), Made in LA (USA), La Historia Oficial (Argentina), El Norte (USA/Mexico/Guatemala), Night and Fog (France), and other short films and documentaries from around the globe.

 

In Mandarin:

Comp Lit 41E 电影之形式:全球电影与人权 何谓人权?人权一说从何而起?电影如何将人权这一概念作为一种话语、一种实践 ?在Comp Lit 41E这节课中,我们将会看到20-21世纪来自世界各地的基于人权问题的电 影,我们将一起探讨电影如何与全球人权问题、人权话语进行交流。通过观看纪录片、短 片、甚而奥斯卡影片,我们能更进一步了解如何界定电影类型、如何阐明全球人权问题。 此外,我们还将一起阅读几部历史性、批判性理论著作,从而加深我们对电影与当代人权 理论、人权实践的联系。阅读材料将涉及危害人类罪、移民、种族、性别认同等主题。本课将围绕如下问题展开:电影如何处理历史?

电影如何在沉默与压抑的叙述间传达历史?

我们该如何解读纪录片?

通过正式或非正式途径,影片能否处理及表现那些侵犯人权的历史?

影片如何叙述这些历史里的“故事”,由谁诉说、为何说、又诉与谁?

在将观看的非纪录片影片中,小说与非小说之间有何联系?

即将观看的影片会涵盖:

District 9 (South Africa), Made in LA (USA), La Historia Oficial (Argentina), El Norte (USA/Mexico/Guatemala), Night and Fog (France), and other short films and documentaries from around the globe.