Humankind has experienced all kinds of violence throughout history and there seems to be a fascination with telling and retelling these stories about tyrants and rebels. Narrative film offers a great means of reexamining our past but how do we tell the stories about terrorism and dictatorship? Do we modify them? Do we embellish or misrepresent what happened? Do we need to tell the story to be able to make sense of it? In this course, we will examine how terrorism and dictatorship has been portrayed in films, and whether or not there is historical accuracy in these cinematic products. Through writing, discussion, and of course, watching film, we will explore how the films we watch influence the way we understand our world. Films to be studied include, among others: The Great Dictator (1940, USA), Downfall (2004, Germany), El Lobo (2004, Spain), and Che (2008, USA).