Fall 2015

Experimental Narrative Cinema in a Global Context

Listed in: English, as ENGL-376  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-350


Baba Hillman (Section 01)


(Offered as FAMS 350 and ENGL 376).  This course will introduce students to a diverse range of experimental approaches to narrative filmmaking. Students will gain skills in filmmaking and criticism through project assignments, readings and analysis of language, performance and visual structure within selected films. Workshops in cinematography, sound recording and editing will be offered. The course will concentrate on filmmakers who are working in a context of multiple languages, hybrid forms and transnational histories. Screenings will include works by Jia Zhangke, Mati Diop, Abderrahmane Sissako, Pedro Costa, Claire Denis, and Nagisa Oshima. Students will complete three film and video projects. Lab fee required. Course meetings include one three hour consecutive meeting per week and one screening time per week.

Recommended prior coursework:  ENGL 287/FAMS 228, Introduction to Super 8 Film and Digital Video, or other introductory course in film and video, photography, or painting. Admission with consent of instructor. Please complete the questionnaire at https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/film/major/major-requirements/forms and submit to Prof. Hillman. Limited to 13 students. Fall semester. Five College Professor Hillman.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to FAMS majors and Five College Film majors and concentrators.


Artistic Practice, Attention to Speaking, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015