Disillusionment, Dystopia, and Dreams: Insights from Three Contemporary East Asian Films

This online course will use three contemporary films (Parasite, Mountains May Depart, After the Storm) to discuss issues of social and economic change in East Asia, focusing on time, class divisions, globalization, and family. This workshop is divided into two parts, with a discussion forum for each film on Moodle that will be live for 2-weeks prior to the 1-hour live Zoom webinar where faculty moderators will discuss each film and participants will share ways that they can use film group materials in their teaching. For the online discussion modules, participants must post in depth responses that answer the questions posted in the discussion forum and add ideas for further reflection and analysis.

Brian Dowdle, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Montana, and Lauren Collins, postdoctoral fellow at the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana.