August 8 (Barcelona, Spain)
The field lab for this course will take place in Barcelona, Catalunya (Spain). After considering the representation of gender and women in cinemas of the European/Mediterranean region, and discussing some of the political and social issues governing and contextualizing gender relations in the region, the class will do a Barcelona city tour emphasizing the major landmarks represented and/or exploited in the films All About My Mother and Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Sagrada Familia, the park and Palace Güell, the ramblas, etc. Since the topic of women’s solidarity and family-making are essential to these films (especially AAMM), the field lab will include a visit to a women’s shelter, school and/or an orientation with organizations working to prevent violence against women, or at-risk single mothers re-integrate into society, (Escola Bressol or Residencia Maternal Santa Eulalia) through a local specialized non-profit group such as the Fundació Maria Raventós.
- Analysis and discussion of the “city as woman” allegory seen in films over the course of the term
- Direct discovery and “video essay” of cinematic/cultural/historic landmarks of Barcelona
- Volunteer at local women’s shelter/school for at-risk single mothers and children: video or photo essay