19-20 ML3207: Transnationalism, Diaspora and Globalisation in Contemporary Film

This course explores cinematic representations of the transnational encounter between people, cultures and institutions interconnected by the forces of globalization. The topics covered range from (anti-)colonialism and revolution to postcoloniality and migration. Attention is also paid to the ways in which the films deal with the themes of emancipation, hybridity, displacement, globalism and cosmopolitanism. The course is divided into four blocks. The first block is devoted to the study of the counter-hegemonic films of Third Worldism and Third Cinema, and includes films of Cinema Novo of Brazil, such as Rocha's Maranhao 66 (1966) and Land In Anguish (1967), as well as West African films such as Sembene's Borom Sarret  (1963) and Xala (1974). The second block deals with contemporary West African cinema and addresses the impact of rapid modernization and globalization on countries such as Senegal and Mali that became independent in the early 1960s, as depicted in Sembene’s  Guelwaar (1993), Sissako’s Bamako (2006). The thrid block looks at Third Worldist films influenced by Second Cinema, such as Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers (1966) and Gutierrez Alea's Memories of Development (1968) on respectively the Algerian struggle for independence and the Cuban Revolution. The final block also treats films on migration and explores the life of the Chinese community in Italy depicted in Segre’s Shun Li & the Poet (2011), as well as the migrants’ journeys over the Mediterranean and into Italy, as shown in Giordana’s Once You Are Born You Can No Longer Hide (2005).