Portuguese, Brazilian, and African Identity in Film (taught in English)

Study of the literary and cultural film production of the Portuguese-speaking world on three continents. Films in Portuguese with English subtitles.

The goal of this course is to develop the ability to describe, compare and analyze cinematographic works from Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guiné-Bissau, Mozambique, and Portugal, with specific consideration to questions of racial, gender and national identity. Students also develop an understanding of how the films relate to the historical circumstances of their creation, and to think critically about the past, present, and future contributions of these works to a shared world. We will examine how historic and contemporary processes and differential and transnational effects of colonialism, war, and nation formation affect the identities of individuals and communities.

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The course focuses on the culture and civilization of Portuguese-speaking countries in Europe, South America and Africa as it is expressed through literature and film, focusing mainly on Brazil. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to analyze a movie from, at least, two perspectives: its cinematic qualities and as an artistically made reflection of society. Cultural differences will be emphasized. This course is taught in English.

Gen Ed: VP, BN