From Northern Africa and Southern Europe to the Balkans and the Middle East, the Mediterranean incorporates a large variety of landscapes, cultures, and religions. As some of the most popular spots for tourists, praised for their weather and vibrant street cultures, Mediterranean countries have increasingly become a source of inspiration for domestic and foreign storytellers who immerse their characters in the sunny and mysterious lands, often tackling societal issues and exchanges between countries. In the last 20 years, film narratives from the Mediterranean have expanded significantly and gained visibility in theatrical exhibitions and film festivals. In this course, we will analyze films from different national cinemas, examining common traits and exploring how recent political turmoil has influenced filmmakers’ celebration of Mediterranean identity. Films may include Il Postino (Radford and Troisi, Italy), Mustang (Ergüven, Turkey), Papicha (Meddour, Algeria), Caramel (Labaki, Lebanon), Pain and Glory (Almodóvar, Spain), My Father’s Glory (Robert, France), and A Touch of Spice (Boulmetis, Greece). You watch the films on your own and then meet online for lively and informative discussions.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of the cultural and political contexts of films from the Mediterranean region
- Familiarity with groundbreaking films from countries such as Italy, Spain, France, Lebanon, Algeria, and Greece
- Movie buffs
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in between