Trans-National Cinemas (EAF1505)

StaffDr Ranita Chatterjee - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

  • To introduce you to a range of cinemas from across the world and familiarise you with key debates and frameworks in the study of world cinema.
  • To consider how the idea of national cinema, a foundational concept in film studies, has been re-evaluated  in recent decades in relation to concepts such as ‘transnational cinema’, ‘world cinema’, ‘globalisation’ and ‘accented cinema’. The module will explore the relationship between the local and the global, introducing you to a range of case studies from around the world, including popular and independent films produced in diverse filmmaking cultures such as Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Denmark, Britain, France, Cuba and the US.
  • To use these case studies to explore the socio-cultural contexts of production and circulation and analyse how issues of the transnational relate to questions of border-crossing, diasporas and cross-cultural exchange in the production, exhibition and distribution of films across the history of cinema.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts relating to national, world and transnational cinema
  • 2. Demonstrate skills in applying these concepts to analyse specific films produced in diverse national and transnational contexts
  • 3. Demonstrate an understanding of the complex network of cross-cultural, economic and artistic negotiation that facilitates the production, distribution and exhibition of cinemas in a transnational context

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate an ability to use basic concepts of film analysis
  • 5. Demonstrate skills of evaluation of the visual, aural and the written in the analysis of film
  • 6. Demonstrate intellectual skills including the ability to garner appropriate knowledge, to analyse and evaluate film form, and to express arguments and ideas effectively
  • 7. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic theoretical concepts in film studies

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Assimilate, select and organise material in order to produce, to a deadline, a written or oral argument
  • 9. Plan and write an essay to a specified length and deadline on a given theme
  • 10. Demonstrate basic word-processing and IT presentation package skills

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Approaches to National Cinema
  • The Nation and the Region
  • Approaches to  World Cinema
  • Approaches to Transnational Cinema
  • Routes of Migration: Global Bollywood
  • Genre Crossings
  • Diaspora and the ‘Myth of Return’
  • Border Crossings: Multicultural British Cinema
  • The Return of the National
  • Global Hollywood: Stars
  • Transnational Cinema in the Age of the Digital

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching11Lecture, 11 x 1 hour
Scheduled learning and teaching22Seminar, 11x2hr
Scheduled learning and teaching66Two weekly screenings with introductions
Scheduled learning and teaching11Weekly 1 hour workshop OR guided study group work
Guided independent study190Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group Presentation 20 minutes1-8, 10Cohort feedback in seminars with opportunity for office hours follow-up.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Seminar participation10Continuous1-7Oral feedback from tutor and opportunity for office hours follow-up
Exam451.5 hours1-8Feedback sheet with opportunity for office hours follow-up
Essay451500 words1-10Feedback sheet with opportunity for office hours follow-up

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Seminar participationSeminar participation1-7Referral/deferral period
ExamExam1-8Referral/deferral period
EssayEssay1-10Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core reading:

  • Ezra, Elizabeth, and Rowden, Terry (eds.) (2006) Transnational Cinema: The Film Reader, London: Routledge
  • Hjort, Mette and MacKenzie, Scott (eds.) (2000), Cinema and Nation, London: Routledge.
  • Vitali, Valentina and Willemen, Paul (eds.) (2006) Theorising National Cinema, London: BFI Publishing.
  • Williams, Andy (ed.) (2002) Film and Nationalism, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and London: Rutgers University Press.

Core viewing:

  • Mother India (Mehboob Khan, 1957)
  • Dil Se (Mani Ratnam, 1998)
  • The Idiots (Lars von Trier, 1999)
  • Festen (Thomas Vinterberg, 1998)
  • Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1968)
  • What Time is it There? (Tsai Ming-liang, 2001)
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
  • Hero (Zhang Yimou, 2002)
  • Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (Aditya Chopra, 1995), 
  • Rang de Basanti (Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, 2006)
  • News from Home (Chantal Akerman, 1977)
  • The Edge of Heaven (Fateh Akin, 2007)
  • Bend It Like Beckham (Gurinder Chadha, 2002)
  • Handsworth Songs (John Akomfrah, 1986)
  • Last Resort (Pawel Pawlikowski, 2000)
  • Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg, 1930)
  • Ghost in the Shell  (Mamoru Oshii, 1995)
  • Grave of the Fireflies  (Isao Takahata, 1988)

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Film, National Cinema, Transnational Cinema, World Cinema, Diasporic Cinema