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This course identifies the formal, stylistic and thematic concerns that are shared, despite their apparent diversity, by a cross section of contemporary films. Students will analyse a selection of notable films from around the world that revise, resist or reject the standard practices or themes of mainstream cinema.
12 films from 12 countries in 12 weeks! Discover the hidden treasures of contemporary world cinema. Explore exciting and interesting new films from every corner of the globe. Our friendly and qualified guides will introduce you to films from New Zealand, China, the USA, France, Italy, Turkey, Mexico, South Korea, Syria, Iran, Senegal and Colombia. This course identifies the formal, stylistic and thematic concerns that are shared, despite their apparent diversity, by a cross section of contemporary films. Students will analyse a selection of notable films from around the world that revise, resist or reject the standard practices or themes of mainstream cinema.
Learning OutcomesBasic understanding of filmmaking techniques and their significance within various national cinemas, movements and genresFamiliarity with recent trends in world cinema and the relation of contemporary film to other media formsBasic ability to identify relationships between films and their social, cultural and historical contextsAbility to make use of certain concepts and methods of Cinema Studies Ability to write a clear academic essay
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.
Recommended Reading:A short Guide to Writing About Film, 5th Edition, Timothy CorriganStorytelling in World Cinemas, Volume 1 - Forms, Ed Lina Khatib(Image: "Travelling Boots - Scotland" by Alex Berger, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.)
Films include: • Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Waititi, 2016)• Mulan (Caro, 2020)• Paterson (Jarmusch, 2016)• Les Misérables (Ly, 2019)• Call Me by Your Name (Guadagnino, 2017)• Mustang (Ergüven, 2015)• Roma (Cuaron, 2019)• Okja (Bong Joon-ho, 2017) • For Sama (Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts, 2019)• Under the Shadow (Anvari, 2016)• Atlantics (Diop, 2019) • Embrace of the Serpent (Guerra, 2015)
Domestic fee $821.00
International fee $3,750.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Humanities and Creative Arts