Intercultural Perspectives on World Cinema

This introduction to and overview of world cinema approaches films as a source of information and understanding of the diverse peoples and cultures of today’s world, especially as they increasingly interact to create a new, global culture. Through the practice of film criticism, students explore the culture, beliefs, and traditions of other people around the world, while reflecting on their own cultural identities. In this regard, the course raises – and answers – the following questions, among others: (a) how do films represent the challenges of contemporary world? (b) What can we learn about other people and cultures through films? (c) What about us: how do films help us view, better understand ourselves, and more importantly, interact respectfully with people from other cultures and ethnicities? Screenings of weekly films available Monday evenings.