For over a century, film has been one of the most important forms of mass communication, and it expresses and reflects a society’s way of seeing itself. Whether screened in theaters, on TV or on the web, the medium continues to communicate ideas that seek to influence audiences.
Join us as we explore four different films which were designed to or had the effect of changing public opinion for a specific purpose. Each film will be preceded by a lecture and followed by a discussion exploring the relevance of these films to contemporary politics.
La Silence de la Mer (France)
This post-World War II film suggests that Germany and France can never resolve their differences.
Breaking With Old Ideas (China)
A good portrayal of Mao’s cult of personality and its influence on education.
This contemporary film covers the anti-Pakistan feeling among many Indians.
London Can Take It and The Silent Village (United Kingdom)
Directed by Humphrey Jennings, these two World War II films were designed to make America aware of Britain’s plight and to ask the British to not give up and to continue to fight.
- To familiarize students with the ways film and media propaganda manipulate facts.
- To assist students in understanding and appreciating the film medium and its power.
- To describe the great films of propaganda and how they were used.
- To explain how modern uses of propaganda in film build on those of the past.
Who Should Take this Class?
- This class is for those who want to learn about the various ways propaganda is used in film and media to influence or change public opinion for a specific purpose.