This week we dip our toes into the world of transnational cinema. If you don’t like subtitles, this isn’t your week. I chose to add a week of film study because I think filmic texts are sometimes an easier entry point into postcolonial issues when compared to written texts. Though it is not a postcolonial text, Au Revoir les Enfants changed my life.
I was in high school, and I didn’t know film could do such work: make me think about the world in a different way, make me reconsider my place in the world . (Keep in mind, I grew up on Bill and Ted movies…)
I chose your movie choices for selfish reasons: they are films that have moved me or have made me rethink my scholarship. Your job this week is to watch one of the films listed on the syllabus and apply postcolonial theory to it, just as you have done with written texts for the past ten weeks (can you believe we are at the end of the semester. I hope you are thinking about your final projects.) If you feel like you need more of a foundation, I am attaching an article that discusses transnational film that you can use as the basis of your analysis, or at least to get you started. You do no have to read the piece, but it is the best one I found that gives you a general overview of the field and its arguments:
One of the blog’s followers showed me that you can watch Battle of Algiers in its entirety for free online. I love all of the film choices. If you want to save some money or time (not having to go to the library), I offer you this postcolonial classic. There is no embed code, so click here to head to one of your many choices. I am still dying to see Samsara (and I did get to see Chicken With Plums, Satrapi’s new film), so if you see it in the theater listings, let me know. Maybe we can still have our field trip.