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US 260 Eco-Cinema and Climate Change

The coming century brings grave uncertainty about our lives on the planet.  Climate change may after our ways of life; our relationship to each other, and our collective future.  This course examines the process of climate change in documentary films, fiction films, and reports issued by various government and agencies around the world.  We will chart the end of the Anthropocene- man-made-climate through these sources to assess how we are representing the most crucial global issue of the moment.  Documentary films include: Darwin’s Nightmare (2004), An Inconvenient Truth (2006), Up the Yangtze (2007), Gasland (2010), Chasing Ice (2012), Before the Flood (2016), An Incovenient Sequal-Truth to Power (2017), and The Age of Consequences (2017).  Fiction films: The Day After Tomorrow (2004), The Last Winter (2006), Wall-E (2008), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Downsizing (2017), and Geostorm (2017).  We will examine scientific reports on impact of climate change on water availability and purity, air and pollution, radiation, mobility, etc.  Assignments include weekly class participation, evaluations of films, a research project on a specific aspect of climate change and visual project/statement representing the urgency of climate change.