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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO3570 Viva! Contemporary Film Industries of Latin America and the Marketing of 'Latin American-ness'

20 creditsClass Size: 18

Module manager: Dr Stephanie Dennison
Email: s.dennison@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of one of the following (or equivalent linguistic knowledge)
SPPO2010, SPPO2011, SPPO2090, SPPO2091

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Objectives

The module aims to provide students with an informed understanding of how films are made in Latin America and of the challenges that face filmmakers on the continent. Rather than concentrate on close reading of films, over the course of two semesters students will gain an understanding of the film industry: issues relating to the production, exhibition and distribution of films within and outside Latin America.

The main focus is placed on transnational film financing strategies, such as IBERMEDIA and Cine en Construcción, and on the role of film festivals in disseminating Latin American film abroad, and of contributing to an essentialised notion of 'Latin American-ness' through movies.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should have attained the following:
- a familiarity with the socio-political context in which films are produced in Latin America;
- an understanding of the importance of funding sources, and of the impact on filmmaking of national and transnational financial imperatives;
- an appreciation of the importance of film festivals in contemporary film reception and distribution;
- a basic understanding of reception theory/issues relating to spectatorship of contemporary films.

Skills outcomes
- Knowledge of the socio-political context in which films are produced in Latin America.
- Understanding of how films are funded, and of the impact on filmmaking of national and transnational financial imperatives.
- An appreciation of the importance of film festivals in contemporary film reception and distribution
- Basic knowledge of reception theory, and of issues relating to spectatorship of contemporary films.


Syllabus

Semester one
Wk 1 Introduction to module
Wk 2 History of the film industries of Latin America I
Wk 3 History of the film industries of Latin America II
Wk 4 Understanding Latin America through the cinema I
Wk 5 Understanding Latin America through the cinema II
Wk 6 Going Global: the Latin American Scripted Film
Wk 7 READING WEEK - no class
Wk 8 Student group presentations and discussion
Wk 9 Student group presentations and discussion
Wk 10 Student group presentations and discussion
Wk 11 Student group presentations and discussion.

Semester two
Wk 1 Introduction to Project work I
Wk 2 Introduction to Project work II
Wk 3 Production I
Wk 3 Production II
Wk 4 Production III
Wk 5 Exhibition and Distribution I
Wk 6 Exhibition and Distribution II
Wk 7 Exhibition and Distribution III
Wks 8-10 Three filmic case studies, to be selected from the following: Cidade de Deus; Diarios de Motocicleta; Tropa de Elite; E tu mama también; Central do Brasil; Dias de Santiago
Wk 11 Module conclusion and exam revision session.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture171.0017.00
Seminar41.004.00
Private study hours179.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- 70 hours preparatory reading for class
- 25 hours film viewing
- 14 hours project research and preparation
- 30 hours exam preparation
- 25 hours report preparation and writing
- 15 hours preparation for presentation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Student progress will be monitored weekly through observation of discussions in class based on compulsory readings.
- Feedback will be given orally and in writing on assessed seminar presentations and write-up.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report2,000 words30.00
Oral PresentationIn class, in groups (20 mins)20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Presentation to be given in Sem 1 - weeks 8,9,10 or 11


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

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