The cinema has the power to depict moments of great social change and also, on rare occasions, to bring about social change. This course will introduce students to different ways films have depicted significant moments of social change. We will view and study feature films, documentaries and animated films from the countries that make up the Spring 2017 voyage. In particular, many of the films center around an expanded view of the rights of underrepresented groups (especially women and children). Some will depict important historical figures who have helped bring about social change in their own countries, and thus have inspired the world. Students will be asked to consider relationships between artistic expression and societal impact in the art and industry of the cinema.
Field WorkCountry: South Africa
Date: March 20, 2017
This field class will explore Media and Film in Cape Town. The class will start with a visit to a dynamic Film and Media Studies program at the University of Cape Town. Following, there will be an opportunity to watch UCT students’ short films and have one-to-one discussions with the South African students. Finally, the class will stop for a short visit to a historical theatre en route to the ship.
1. Explore the practice of Film Studies in South Africa
2. Interact with South African film students and view their short films
3. A chance to see Film and Social Change put to action