History, Memory, and Narrative in Balkan Cinema

This course explores contemporary Balkan cinema in relation to questions of history, memory, and regional identity. This course draws on a broad range of recent films that address the Balkans as a social and political imaginary as well as the question of whether or not there is an identifiable “Balkan” cinema. Issues of national cinema, the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, the presentation of the Roma, Balkan stereotypes, and gender will be considered, as well as the emergence of the new national and regional film traditions. When possible, this course will include a trip to the Thessaloniki Film Festival.

Credits: 4 Cr.