In this class, we will view and discuss cinema from around the world, mainly focusing on the discursive essay-film. We aim to catalyze a space in which to explore under-known histories that have been archived in film, with special attention paid to postwar liberation movements, such as the Tricontinentalist and Non-alignment projects (as seen in such films as Hour of the Furances and Videograms of a Revolution). How can these films help us perform an archeology of visions of futurity? What potentialities are still available to us in these visions, and what does our relationship to them reveal? What sorts of political imaginaries can film build? What is the state of the political avant-garde in film?
We will curate a selection of films from the UK, France, Ghana, Senegal, Argentina, Brazil, Iran, and Vietnam, among others. It is our hope that the collective discussions that emerge out of these gatherings can catalyze new audiences, re-open debate and contention, get people thinking about/talking about/making new films, and use film as a screen against which to experiment with new possibilities.