Film as access into the region through a series of direct and poetic connections woven across films viewed, filmmakers featured, and lectures, discussions, and texts read. Using integration of course components and students' weekly responses, an understanding of the region is developed by way of inquiry into and rigorous engagement with cultural production. From feature length films to shorts, the breadth of the work we will engage with includes documentaries, dramas, and less traditional forms. Midterm paper, final project required in the form of one of three potential possibilities subject to approval of proposal: a paper, a talk, or a short film. Graduate-level assignments and projects.