FRLN 331: Contexts for Global Cinema

FRLN 331-A03: Films on Borders & Migration
(Summer 2024)


Section Information for Summer 2024

In this course we will learn basic notions and concepts in border studies, immigration studies, intersectionality theory and human rights discourse, and will apply them to the study of literary and autobiographical texts, films and documentaries about the experience of crossing borders. Films and texts will focus on crossings of the US-Mexico border, the borders of Europe and Australia, and the experience of migrants from Mexico and Central America, Africa, and the Middle East. Films include ¡Alambrista! (1977), El Norte (1984), Sleep Dealer (2008), Aguilas (2021), Frontières (2002), Human Flow (2017), Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time (2017), and relevant scenes from classical 20th-century movies and documentaries about migration. Readings include Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera (2021 [1987]), selections from Jason De León’s The Land of Open Graves (2015), and Behrouz Boochani’s No Friend but the Mountains (2019). Main objectives of this course include fostering comparative critical thinking, interdisciplinary research, and ethical commitment in the study of cultural production. 

FRLN 331-A03 is an online asynchronous section.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Major works of world cinema with varying perspectives and topics, such as specific genres, periods, schools. Notes: Coursework in English. May be repeated when topic is different with permission of department. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 9 credits.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGH 101 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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