Film Series: Understanding Turkey Through Film (COMPLIT 302)
Join us in our quest to understand the great transformation in Turkey and its impact on its people through cinema. Set against the backdrop of the expansion of capitalism and the fundamental cultural, political and social change in the last decade, the movies in this series tell the uneasy stories of individuals whose lives are affected by this disruptive change. By examining the link between the individual experiences and societal change, the films confront issues such as globalization, gender and racial hierarchies, urban transformation, state repression, male domination, and the women's struggle in Turkey. The course consists of 8 Turkish film screenings each of which will be preceded by an introduction by Dr. Alemdaroglu or Dr. Karahan, artistically, historically and politically contextualizing the films, and will be followed by a Zoom discussion and Q&A session led by invited guest scholars of Anthropology, Film Studies, Political Science, Women and Gender Studies or film directors themselves. The students and interested Stanford community will be provided with the streaming links for the movies at the beginning of each week to screen them on their own time, and the discussion sessions will be held on the scheduled class time on Zoom. All films will be in Turkish with English subtitles.