Moroccan Cinema and Social Change

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Informations clés

Human and social sciences - Sciences Humaines et sociales
Crédits ECTS
Printemps - Spring
Licence - Undergrade
Prérequis / Prerequisites
Advanced B1 Level of the CECRL in English
Contenu du cours / Course content
This course examines the interplay between cinematic and political discourses in Morocco. At the turn of the 21st Century, Morocco initiated reforms in various spheres of political and social action (governance, human rights, and social development). These twists and turns in Moroccan politics emboldened a new generation of filmmakers who, unlike their predecessors, challenged taboos that had hamstrung Moroccan cinema for decades. Young Moroccan filmmakers have subsequently tried their hands at issues judged risqué by standards of the earlier period. In fact, and prior to an examination of the films listed below, we will see how early postcolonial cinema (60’s through the 80’s) censored itself by indulging in elaborate symbolism that alienated Moroccan spectatorship. The focus in this course will be on issues such as the poetics of civil society, gender Dynamics, political Islam as well as Gender and religion.
Objectifs du cours / Course objectives
Following successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Analyze the imbrications between political and cinematographic discourses in Morocco over the last two decades.
- Explain how recent developments on the Moroccan scene (Alternative government, Family code, Truth and Reconciliation Committee etc…, improvement on human rights’ record) prompted cultural and visual production.
- Assess the contribution and impact of recent filmic literature on political/social spheres in Morocco.
- Integrate the cultural dimension in the analysis of political and social action in Morocco.
- Apply concepts from social and political theory and economy (Bourdieu and Foucault) to the study of visual texts (films)
- Use semiotic film analysis (camera movement, perspective, shot range) to uncover ideological project of visual texts.
- Apply skills relating to archival research in the study of a given political thematic implication (sifting through and synthesizing film reviews, press releases and articles, interviews with filmmakers and exploring linkages with the larger political scene in Morocco.)
- Trace the evolution of cinematic and political praxes in post-colonial Morocco.
- Demonstrate a fair command of political aesthetics and cultural politics involved in Moroccan filmmaking.
- Explain the economics (funding, distribution, promotion) governing filmmaking in Morocco.

Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique
Faculté de Gouvernance, Sciences Economiques et Sociales

Lot 660, Hay Moulay Rachid
Ben Guérir, 43150
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