Students will view films, read excerpts from Soviet and Russian prose about childhood and coming of age, and study the socio-cultural aspects of becoming an adult in Russia. Films will include: Ivan's Childhood, The Scarecrow, The Thief, and The Return. Readings will include literary texts and film reviews. We will continue to work on oral and writing skills, and vocabulary. This course prepares students to express opinions, ideas, points of view, and critiques on films, social issues and cultural phenomena using more complex and rich language.