AFVS 198F

How are stories told differently through a feminist lens? Whose histories and experiences are centered and how? What patriarchal narratives and metanarratives are taken as a given in film viewing, and should be questioned, critiqued, and upended? This seminar will examine how feminist theory, methodology, and aesthetics are expressed through the moving image medium. We will encounter a multitude of filmmaking practices that radically rethink cinematic conventions by applying feminist tools to create new forms of expression. We will think through the ways in which feminist practices of resistance are integral to ongoing struggles for social justice and intersect with discourses of equity across disciplines. The class serves as an introduction to film studies by providing a framework for visual analysis and a vocabulary for the critical examination of moving images. The course includes narrative film, documentary, and artist-made film and video, and will begin with historical films from the 70s and move to contemporary work. With films by Chantal Akerman, Camille Billops, Kathleen Collins, Sara Gómez, Naomi Kawase, Barbara Loden, Mira Nair, Wang Qiong, Helke Sander, Leilah Weinraub; and texts by Sara Ahmed, bell hooks, Ursula K. Le Guin, Audre Lorde, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Laura Mulvey, Lola Olufemi, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, and many others.