Narrative Cinema

Subject Name: 
Film & Media Studies
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Amherst College

(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 and submit to Prof. Hillman. Limited to 13 students. Fall semester. Five College Professor Hillman.


Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.
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Course Sections

Narrative Cinema
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Baba Hillman W 09:00AM-12:00PM; T 07:00PM-09:00PM FAYE 215