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    Vassar College
  Nov 22, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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MEDS 366 - Francophone Literature and Cultures

1 unit(s)
(Same as FREN 366 ) The Francophone world has a rich and varied documentary film tradition ranging from René Vautier’s Afrique 50 (1956), the first anticolonial film, to Alain Resnais’ Nuit et Brouillard (1955), Marcel Ophüls’ Le Chagrin et la pitié (1969), Nicolas Philibert’s Etre et avoir (2002), Agnès Varda’s Les Plages d’Agnès (2008), Moussa Sene Absa’s Yoole, le sacrifice (2010), and Nadia El Fani’s Même Pas Mal (2012). This seminar explores different genres of Francophone short- and feature-length documentaries including works of the historical, social and political varieties, the ‘essai documentaire’, the ‘auto-documentaire’ as well as Web and radio documentaries, and television Web-series. We use this palette of audio-visual essays as a springboard both to examine the specificities of this genre’s form and the ways they interrogate the burning issues they seek to analyze, and to gauge the extent to which they frame – and perhaps even define – the French and Francophone cultures they depict.

Not offered in 2017/18.

One 2-hour period.

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