Film as Propaganda and Political Resistance

Series Description: The purpose of this program is to explore and discuss the political implications of film – as propaganda or as political resistance. Some basic questions we will consider are: What do we learn about a filmmaker's beliefs and attitudes through their creative decisions in the filmmaking? How does the filmmaking reinforce, amplify, identify, or fortify the political themes of the film? What issues are in conflict or opposition? How are they illuminated or resolved in the filmmaking? Films such as Battle of Algiers (1966), La Haine (1995), and City of God (2002) will be addressed. 

Series Information: Three week series, beginning on Thursday, June 10, 2021, 10:00-11:40 a.m. This is a live-streamed, online program. Registrants will receive information by email to access the program. The actual Join URL will be sent out to registrants two business days prior to the session. If you have not received it by then, please contact the Selim Center (selimcenter@stthomas.edu) immediately.

Series EducatorJames Snapko is a UST Film professor. In addition to St. Thomas, he has taught film studies and filmmaking at the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine's University. He's also an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened all over the country at various film festivals such as Cinequest, Arizona Int'l, Mpls/St. Paul, Int'l, and The Miami Int'l Film Festival. His film, Per Bianca, was selected to the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. 

Fee for the series: $45.00 per person

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Series Syllabus:

DateSession Description
June 10

Battle of Algiers (1966) directed by Gillo Pontecorvo – Colonialism and insurgency: Contextual overview, viewing clips of key scenes, analysis followed by discussion.

June 17

La Haine (1995) directed by Mathieu Kassovitz – Race and class conflict and police brutality: Contextual overview, viewing clips of key scenes, analysis followed by discussion.

June 24

City of God (2002) directed by Fernando Meirelles & Katia Lund – Poverty, violence, and political corruption: Contextual overview, viewing clips of key scenes, analysis followed by discussion.