War Films from the Other Side
Traditionally, war films tell only one side of the story—usually that of the victor. In the United States, where films from Hollywood dominate the box office and cultural conversations, the American point of view, both politically and socially, is most likely to be represented. All wars, however, share one commonality: the human experience. In this course, explore films about wars, both familiar and not, that provide new and alternate perspectives but are still united by the quest to illuminate the horror and heartbreak universal to the human experience of war. In class, we will watch exclusively foreign war films and discuss not only the films themselves but also the history and true stories on which they are based. Screenings may include Das Boot, Europa Europa, The Cranes Are Flying, Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War, Rome: Open City, The Battle of Algiers, Grand Illusion, Days of Glory, A Woman in Berlin, and Letters from Iwo Jima.
You'll Walk Away with
- Increased cultural literacy
- An understanding of the genre of the foreign war film
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
- Professionals who use critical thinking