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Iranian Cinema, Past and Present

PERSIAN 50 (4.0 units)Session II

Cinema is a powerful medium to engage us not only emotionally but also intellectually in the life of others. The worldwide success of Iranian films in the past decade has gained international reputation for Iranian filmmakers and respect for Iranian cinema. Revolution of 1979 was a major turning point in Middle East and world history. The revolution was followed by the bitter Iran-Iraq war, displacement, social, intellectual and political changes upheaval. This course will review some of the major themes depicted in films, which are important in pre- and post-revolutionary Iran, such as: social tensions; war & revolution; women; children and poverty; political participation; and tradition and modernity. Each week we will preview a film related to one of these topics which will be followed by a discussion in relation to the culture and history of Iran. Our film viewing will be supplemented by appropriate texts to create a critical understanding of Iranian history and culture. All course materials, lectures, and discussions are in English. Repeatability: Unlimited as topics vary. (IV, VIII)

Instructor(s) STAFF
Schedule MW 1:00 - 3:50pm, Room To Be Announced TBA
Units 4.0
Course Code 30260
UC Undergraduate (per unit) $ 279.00
UC Graduate (per unit) $ 349.00
Visitor (per unit) $ 349.00
Note(s) None