This course introduces students from all academic major to the socio-political significance and artistic merits of film through screenings of acclaimed, international features and documentaries, class discussions, and workshops with award-winning filmmakers. The films are presented in conjunction with the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival, a project of The Humanities Center, and focus on a different annual theme that addresses a current social issue. Each film in the festival lineup highlights global issues that are often hidden from mainstream media reporting.
This course provides the rare opportunity to engage directly with the filmmakers, offering the chance to expand on the film's controversial, global themes and learn more about the filmmaking industry and artistic process. Through viewing the films and learning of the filmmakers' firsthand accounts, the discerning eye. Each student will translate the films' themes, directors' perspectives, class discussions and their own cultural backgrounds and personal experiences into a final written analysis as part of the pass/fail component of the course.
A special thank you to CMU's Department of English, our 2018 Weekend Intensive Course sponsor.
At the Department of English at Carnegie Mellon University, we train decoders of meaning and shapers of story. With a range of interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs-including Creative Writing, Professional Writing, Literary & Cultural Studies, and Rhetoric-we push curious minds to develop the tools and knowledge necessary to deeply interpret a world rich in meaning and to communicate with more richly-meaningful words. Find out more at english.cmu.edu
Download the 2018 Weekend Course poster here