This course explores a number of political and social issues in Contemporary Europe through the examination of several French/Belgian and Spanish films. It includes two screenings: Laurent Cantet’s Human Resources and Iciar Bollain’s Take My Eyes.
The course looks at a number of European politically engaged directors and filmmakers interested in social realism and documentary forms. Issues covered include the changes in the world of work, the effects of globalisation and liberal capitalism, social welfare, class struggles, the political/economic ramifications of sexism, terrorism and historical memory.
Led by Carmen Herrero / Isabelle Vanderschelden, Manchester Metropolitan University.
£60 full / £45 concs
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Mon 17 May
Introduction to the Course and Defining Term and Introduction to First Film.
Mon 24 May
Introduction to Political Cinema in France and Belgium
Introduction to set film, Ressources Humaines.
Mon 31 May
Bank Holiday – no session
Mon 7 June
Screening of Ressources Humaines
Mon 14 June
Feedback on first film and more on French contexts including documentary.
Mon 21 June
Introduction to Spanish context and film, Take My Eyes.
Mon 28 June
Screening of Spanish film, Take My Eyes
Mon 5 July
Feedback on Spanish film and Latin American connections.
Mon 12 July