Open to advanced undergraduates with permission of the instructor.
Film has always been an international medium. During the silent era films were exported with title cards of different languages, so that the same images could cross linguistic borders. With the coming of sound language came to identify films more closely with their country of origin and the discourse of nationhood. As time has passed and films are increasingly funded by multiple sources from many different nations and regions a new conception of transnational cinema has emerged. In this course we will try to understand the many forms that transnational cinema takes, ranging from huge mass market co-productions to small art films designed for the International festival circuit. We will try to answer such questions as how do these films express national identity both politically and stylistically? How do transnational aesthetics interact with the idea of the auteur and with national identity? The course will examine various examples of transnational cinema originating in India, Senegal, Hong Kong, and the European Union. Students will engage with theorizations of the Transnational, as well as post colonial theory, conceptions of third cinema, and genre theory.