French International Cinemas
French International Cinemas will explore the very designation 'Francophone' (those who call themselves French language speakers) as it relates to French national belonging among populations in and outside France. In this case, we focus particularly on film coming out of the province of Quebec and the West African country Senegal as they relate to works from France. Our main goal is to understand the representations of nation and the influence of French new wave cinema on the formations of two unique film cultures. A fascinating relationship between unlikely nations began to develop through the formation of West African film festival FESPACO and through the intimate relationships among daring pioneering filmmakers. We now understand these men and women were to become the leaders of newly forming film movements in all three spaces, France, Quebec and Senegal. How have questions and crises of belonging been negotiated through in film and visual production in spaces where to be included in French citizenry is as much a matter or race, class, generational heritage or gender as it is about growing up speaking the French language as a first language? Students will watch 2 films per week, in class and streamed online and participate in active lecture and discussion twice per week.