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 and making sense of it. We will realize that there is a very close link between terrorism, dictatorship and the concepts of freedom, oppression, national identity, home and community.
In this course, we will examine how terrorism and dictatorship have been portrayed in films, and whether or not there is an attempt to explain why those conflicts came to be. We will discuss the idea of national identity, the concept of home and community and understand how those ideas and concepts can create conflict if there is no agreement on what identity and community are. 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: The Great Dictator (1940, USA), Downfall (2004, Germany), El Lobo (2004, Spain), Argo (2012, USA), among others. Part of the Integrated Semester: “Conflict and Community”
Suggested integrated semester course paring with GER-235; ENG-255 (Hess, Lewis or Verdun)