This course name and description ONLY applies to academic year 2016-2017

RU 13186-2: Russian Cinenma from Perestroika to Putin Country

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Instructor: Melissa Miller

When the USSR collapsed, Russian filmmakers were suddenly freed from the constraints of Soviet-era censorship and were able to tell their stories on their own terms. Through film viewings and interactive discussions, this course will grapple with the following questions: How did these artists manipulate the medium of film in order to understand and even define their new reality? How have the political and cultural upheavals of the past quarter-century, such as Pussy Riot, the annexation of Crimea and the war in Ukraine, been interrogated on screen? In cinematic portraits of Putin’s Russia, what has changed and what has remained vexedly the same?

Short readings supplement the film component of the course which will be taught in English. All films will have English subtitles. No knowledge of Russian necessary.