IMA Number: IMA 782.02 | 3 credits

Course Type: Analytical

Professor: Reiko Tahara

This class meets MONDAYS, 6:pm-9:45pm in 502 HN

Full Course Description:

Third Cinema is a neglected movement in Western cinema studies. Born in Latin America in the 1960s–70s in the midst of socialist revolutions and consequent authoritarian military dictatorships, its pioneers sought alternative cinema culture models outside of Hollywood (First Cinema) and European art films (Second Cinema). Their manifestos are piercingly intense, and their storytelling methods are mind-boggling for today’s filmmakers in their approaches for inviting viewers’ participation. We have much to learn from them. Far from being an isolated movement, their spirit influenced and informed the cinemas of liberated Africa and the Middle East. A small number of brilliant scholars, many a scholar of color in post-colonial studies, tried to keep the concept of Third Cinema alive by reinterpreting it for the post-Cold War, globalized, and diasporic world community. Ethiopian born scholar Teshome Gabriel proposes a new term, “Third Cinemas,” as a concept of living theory that has crossed the lines of geography, culture, class, race, gender, and religion. He writes: “This multicultural, polyvocal status of Third Cinemas need not, I stress, imply a loss of political commitment (as is sometimes claimed), but rather a multiplication of modes of resistance.”

In this course, we study the ideas, players, and approaches of Third Cinema(s) then and now, by starting in Latin America then traveling to Africa, the Middle East, Asia, minority cinemas of the First World, then back to the contemporary Latin America. We investigate together if and how we media-makers with social conscience can find alternative distribution routes outside the two dominant industries, and contribute to strengthen the ever-changing world of Third Cinemas as cinema of resistance.

Besides weekly reading, major assignments will be ppt presentation (you will learn histories of many places of the world) and class blog entries about alternative global distribution/exhibition routes for underserved communities in the world.

Permissions: Cleared after advisement and with the Program Assistant