Spring 2014

Women Filmmakers of South Asia

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-429  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-429


Catherine S. Masud (Section 01)


This course will provide an overview of the major South Asian women filmmakers in the region and the diaspora: their cinematic language and vision, the feminist dimension of their work, and their place within the spectrum of global cinematic trends. Specific topics to be addressed include the challenges women face in the industry, a comparative view of their representations of gender, same sex desire, religious extremism, social conservatism and women's experience. We will examine the work of Deepa Mehta, Mira Nair, Nandita Das, Aparna Sen, Sabiha Sumar, and Gurinder Chadha among others. We have invited some of the filmmakers to lecture after the screenings of their respective films. There will be required film screenings in addition to the regular course meetings.

Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Masud.

If Overenrolled: Preference for juniors and seniors (sophomores may apply). In the case of over-enrollment, one previous film course or a background in South Asian studies. Preference for majors in WAGS and FAMS.


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014