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TU: Hollywood Cinema & Politics

Date/Time Wednesday, May 16, 2018
from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Instructor: Faramarz Farbod
Meets: 6-9pm, 1st, 3rd, 5th Wednesdays of every month beginning October 4, 2017
At: Moravian College, Main Campus, Room TBA

This course focuses on the relationship between film and aspects of mostly U.S. politics, such as class, gender, race, sexuality, war, terrorism, individualism, collectivism, the state, and capitalism. The course includes a weekly screening and discussion of primarily protest films indicating ways in which such films have attempted to intervene in shaping the public discourse and raising political consciousness. The course also explores through assigned readings the cinematic representations of the political themes and categories as they have appeared in major Hollywood feature films. Lastly, the course examines both the evolving political economy of Hollywood and the film industry’s relationship with the defense and the intelligence communities of the national security apparatus of the U.S. state.

Open to the public. No charge. A Transitions U course, under the auspices of the Alliance for Sustainable Communities-Lehigh Valley.


  • Hollywood Speaks Out by Robert L. Hilliard
  • Other readings made available by the instructor as e-files or as physical copies for those without access to personal computers


  • Reel Bad Arabs (Documentary)
  • Captain Fantastic
  • Forest Gump
  • Argo
  • The Free State of Jones
  • Boys Don’t Cry
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • Paradise Now
  • Born on the Fourth of July
  • Children of Hiroshima
  • Missing
  • Matewan
  • Trumbo
  • Burn!
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Location Moravian College Main Campus, Zinzendorf 103
1200 Main St
Contact Faramarz Farbod
Event Type Film Screening, Presentation, Reskilling-Rethinking-Transitions U
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