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Lifelong Learning

Around the World in Twenty-Four Hours

The Cinema of Different Nations

Y Tu Mama Tambien
Y Tu Mama Tambien

This module will explore the construction of national identity in cinemas around the world. It will begin by discussing the paradoxical nature of the term ‘national', trying to articulate the meaning of ‘national cinema' within the current media climate. The module will then focus on a series of case studies examining the cinematic traditions of countries from all seven continents, highlighting cultural and thematic similarities and pinpointing key distinguishing features.

Each case study will focus on the historical, political and economic factors that have helped shape the cinematic heritage the particular nation. Importantly, the module will address issues surrounding the sustainability of independent film industries and the impact of government interference.

The module is based on the premise that adequate cultural legislation is crucial to the preservation of independent film, providing for cinematic diversity and film education.

Planned Films

Juno (USA, 2007, Dir. Jason Reitman)

Bend It Like Beckham (UK/Germany, 2002, Dir. Gurinder Chadha)

Dil Chahta Hai (India, 2001, Dir. Farham Akhtar)

Pan's Labyrinth (Spain/Mexico, 2006, Dir. Guillermo del Toro)

Y Tu Mama Tambien (Mexico, 2001, Dir. Alfonso Cuaron)

City of God (Brazil/France, 2002, Dir. Fernando Meirelles, Katia Lund)

Akira (Japan, 1988, Dir. Juzo Itami)


Avenue Campus

Course date/time:

Date: Monday evenings, starting 28 January 2013
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Duration: 12 meetings

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