FIL-30009 - World Cinemas in the 21st Century
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

World Cinemas in the 21st Century explores global filmmaking in a post-9/11 world, asking what does it mean to live and make art in globalized, interconnected and divided planet. The module will introduce students to films and filmmaking styles from around the world, while paying attention to how these works interact with and sometimes inform mainstream Hollywood forms. The films studied use exciting and innovative filmic techniques to address some of the most pressing concerns in the world today: conflict, terrorism, migration and borders, climate change, cities, global inequality, gender, and identity.
The module will pay attention to both the genres of the films presented, including science fiction, satire and comedy, fantasy, and action, as well as their themes. Students will be presented with an eclectic and diverse range of readings that probe some of the most pressing issues of life as a global citizen in the 21st century, drawn from film studies as well as media, politics, philosophy and the visual arts.
Linking film analysis to media and politics, students will gain a theoretical grounding in issues around contemporary world film and global audiences, as well as interrogating their own personal responses to the texts presented. Students will examine journalism and media images and photography alongside these films, to consider the role that media representation plays in our understanding of global identities in the 21st century. Specific texts on the module may include: Children of Men (2002), City of God (2002), Pan¿s Labyrinth (2006), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012), Waltz with Bachir (2006), Omar (2013), and Timbuktu (2014).

This module will:
1. Allow students to examine the relationship between film, national histories, and contemporary political events
2. Develop students' understanding of cinemas that represent war, decolonisation, terrorism, migration, and immigration in the 21st century
3. Introduce students to the connections between photography, cinematic, and media images of conflict
4. Allow students to study the generic and stylistic features of contemporary world cinemas
5. Encourage critical analysis of cinematic and theoretical material and reflection on the practice of criticism

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

demonstrate an understanding of issues of global production and distribution trends as they pertain to film: 2
demonstrate an understanding of and ability to apply key concepts in contemporary theory
: 1,2
demonstrate an understanding of historical and political issues and apply understanding to film analysis
: 1,2
critically engage with different registers of image, such as photographs, animation, fiction, both standard genre films and less familiar film-making traditions: 1,2

Study hours

24 hours - seminars
15 hours - preparing presentation
32 hours - working on essay
24 hours - watching films
55 hours - seminar preparation (reading)

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Presentation weighted 30%
Powerpoint Presentation
Students will give a 10 minute in class presentation on documentary photograph, linking the image to films we have studied in class.

2: Essay weighted 70%
Students will produce a 2500 word essay, based on one of a set of 8 questions provided. These essay questions will cover all of the themes and films presented on the module.