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  • Locations: Virtual, International
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Non-IILE applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 01/21/2022
Rolling Admission 01/31/2022 05/24/2022

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Program Description:
South Asian Cinema is nearly synonymous with Indian Cinema to the international audience, though all other countries have a long tradition of filmmaking. India produces the highest number of films in the world. Globally, Indian Cinema is largely known by Bollywood productions, but some South Indian film industries are no less vibrant than Bollywood. Bengali art cinema produced globally acclaimed directors like Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak and a few low-budget indie-esque films (we call it ‘other Bollywood’) are made within the studio system of Bollywood. Though influenced by Indian Cinema, other South Asian countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal have developed strong film cultures too. Since 1947 Partition of India, South Asian countries have been going through different cultural, religious and political experiences and their cinema have also been getting increasingly different identities.

This course will examine with case studies across a range of South Asian cinema cultures by exploring their common as well as different cultural backgrounds, historiography, and sociopolitical realities. Topics will include both historical and contemporary cinematic practices in South Asian countries such as the Partition of India in South Asian Cinema, cinematic representation of the Liberation War of Bangladesh, Bollywood’s cultural influence in other South Asian countries, portrayal of Kashmir in Indian cinema, diasporic Indian cinema and ‘other Bollywood’ cinema. Films by artists such as Raj Kapoor, Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Anurag Kashyap from India, Zahir Raihan, Alamgir Kabir and Tareque Masud from Bangladesh, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Shoaib Mansoor from Pakistan, and Lester James Peries from Sri Lanka will be studied closely. Cross-listed with EH.

Course Days and Times
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:10-11:30 (New York Time). 16:10-17:30 (Vienna Time). 

Fahmidul Haq

Course Level

4 US / 8 ECTS

OSUN Partner Offering Course
Bard College Annandale (ANN)


This program is currently not accepting applications.