Contemporary Latin American Film

Dr. Manuel F. Medina
Fall 2015
Hum 326 Studies in Film and Culture. Class number 4974
E-mail: manuel.medina@louisville.edu

Phone number: 502-852-0501
Time: MW 2:00 - 3:15 pm. Hum 117
Office Hours: M 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. and Th 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. and by appointment

Class website: http://medina502.com/classes/hum326_2015

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

Description

A study of a specific group of Latin American films in relation to their specific cultural and historical contexts.

Goals:

The class will study Latin American film and within their social, economical and political contexts..
The students will examine selected readings (secondary sources) to familiarize themselves with the main historical topics and contexts explored in the films study in class.
The discussions will address and examine how the social-economical-political conditions affect cultural production.
The students will learn film theory and learn an understanding of vocabulary, concepts, materials, techniques, and methods of intellectual inquiry within the analysis of films.
The students will analyze and synthesize films, recognizing the diversity of Latin American culture with its and historical contexts
The course will emphasize student collaboration, in-class discussion and lectures.

Objectives

Upon successful completion, the students will be able to accomplish the following tasks:
Discuss, synthesize and analyze key point associated with Latin American film within the contents of the Latin American social, political and economical settings in which they were produced.
Analyze a film using cultural studies and film theory demonstrating an understanding of vocabulary, concepts, materials, techniques, and methods of intellectual inquiry within the analysis of films.
Explain the relationship between form and content and to discuss them within the context in which the directors produced the films.
Describe and evaluate films using primary and secondary sources.

Required textbooks and films

Textbooks:

Gianetti, Louis. Understanding Movies. 11th Ed. New York: Prentice Hall, 2007
You must order the book yourself from amazon or a similar site. Prices range from $7.00 to $30.00.
Link to amazon listing

Films:

Film: Central Station (Walter Salles, Brasil, 1990)
Video Call Number: DVD PN1997 .C4337 1999
Streaming video available from YouTube & DVD available from Netflix (DVD)

Film: The Colors of the Mountain, (Carlos César Arbeláez, Colombia, 2010)
Video Call Number: DVD PN1997.2 .C6416 2011
Streaming video available from YouTube Netflix

Film: Behind the Sun (Walter Salles, Brasil, 2001)
Video Call Number: DVD PN1997.2 .A264 2002
Streaming video available from Netflix

Film: Strawberry and Chocolate/Fresa y chocolate (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuba, 1993)
Video Call Number:
Streaming video available from & DVD available from Netflix (DVD

Film: Undertow/Contracorriente (Javier Fuentes-León, Peru, 2009)
Video Call Number: DVD PN1997.2 .C667 2011
Streaming video available from YouTube Netflix

Film: In this tricky Life/En la puta vida (Beatriz Flores Silva, Uruguay, 2001.)
Video Call Number: DVD PN1997.2 .E65 2004
Streaming video available from YouTube & DVD available from Netflix (DVD

Film: Soccer Stories/Historia de fútbol (Andrés Wood, Chile, 1997)
Video Call Number: DVD PN1997.2 .H578 2006
Streaming video available from YouTube & DVD available from Netflix (DVD

Film: madeinusa (Claudia Llosa, Peru, 2006)
Video Call Number: DVD PN1997.2 .M337 2007
Streaming video available from YouTube & DVD available from Netflix (DVD

Film: The Year my Parents Went on Vacation/O Ano que Meus Pais Sairam de Ferias (Cao Hamburguer, Brasil, 2006)
Video Call Number: DVD PN1997.2 .A476 2008
Streaming video available from YouTube & DVD available from Netflix (DVD

Film: Amores perros/Love's a Bitch (Alejandro González IĖárritu, México, 2000)
Video Call Number: DVD PN1997 .A34365 2002
Streaming video available from YouTube & DVD available from Netflix (DVD

Additional materials:

And additional materials made available via website and Blackboard.


Grading Policy and Distribution

Grades are final and not negotiable

Class participation, quizzes, attendance and assignments 20%
Oral Presentation 15%
Handout and visuals for the presentation 5%
Term Paper20%
Midterm Exam20%
Second Exam20%

Letter Grade Definitions

100 to 90A, Exceptional

Student strongly exceeds all requirements as provided by the instructor. The work product not only meets the requirements of the project but also goes above and beyond the scope of work.

89 to 80=B, Above Average

Student completes all requirements as provided by the instructor. Student is well prepared for every class, with daily assignments as requested by the instructor and participates in class discussions. Written work demonstrates good craft with acceptable attention to detail.

79 to 70=C, Average

Student completes all requirements as provided by the instructor. The work products reflect basic comprehension of class objectives and work is completed to meet requirements only. Student is prepared for most class sessions with assignments as requested by the instructor.

69 to 60 =D, Poor

Student does not complete all requirements as provided by the instructor. The work products fail to reflect basic class principles and demonstrate lack of comprehension of course material. Student is often ill-prepared for class sessions. Written work and assignments are incomplete, poorly crafted and show a lack of attention to detail.

59 to 0F, Failing

Student completes a small portion of requirements as provided by the instructor. The work products fail to reflect basic class principles and demonstrate lack of comprehension of course material. Student is generally ill-prepared for class sessions. Written work and assignments are incomplete, poorly crafted and show a lack of attention to detail.

Student Academic Rights and Responsibilities:

Every student is expected to be thoroughly familiar with the University's Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities and Student Conduct which can be found in the General Information section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Along with preparing for and attending class, each student has the responsibility of promoting high academic standards. Students are expected to cooperate in all classes with the instructor to achieve an optimal learning environment. The College of Arts and Sciences does not tolerate cheating, fabrication, falsification, multiple submission, plagiarism, or complicity in academic dishonesty. The College of Arts and Sciences has a statement of academic discipline for action against students who cheat or plagiarize.


University Policy on Discrimination and Sexual Harassment:

Title IX/Clery Act Notification

Sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and any other nonconsensual behavior of a sexual nature) and sex discrimination violate University policies. Students experiencing such behavior may obtain confidential support from the PEACC Program (852-2663), Counseling Center (852-6585), and Campus Health Services (852-6479). To report sexual misconduct or sex discrimination, contact the Dean of Students (852-5787) or University of Louisville Police (852-6111).

Disclosure to University faculty or instructors of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or sex discrimination occurring on campus, in a University-sponsored program, or involving a campus visitor or University student or employee (whether current or former) is not confidential under Title IX. Faculty and instructors must forward such reports, including names and circumstances, to the University’s Title IX officer.

For more information, see the Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide
(http://louisville.edu/hr/employeerelations/sexual-misconduct-brochure).


Policy on Instructional Modifications or accommodations:

I encourage students who have a disability or other educational, physical or mental limitations or conditions which may impair their ability to complete assignments or otherwise satisfy course criteria to meet with me to identify, discuss and document any feasible instructional modifications or accommodations. Please notify me no later than the end of the second week of the semester or no later that the end of the second week after you get diagnosed with a disability or condition, whichever occurs first. You may contact the Disabilities Resource Center for information and auxiliary aid.

The University of Louisville is committed to providing access to programs and services for qualified students with disabilities. If you are a student with a disability and require accommodation to participate in and complete requirements for this class, contact the Disability Resource Center (852-6938) for verification of eligibility and determination of specific accommodations.

Note: The instructor reserves the right to make changes in the syllabus when necessary to meet learning objectives, to compensate for missed classes, or for similar reasons.

Reading and Assignment Schedule