Migration and Migrants in Theatre, Film, and Documentaries (DRA2175.01)

Burcu Seyben

Migration and migrants have been explored extensively in theatre, film and documentaries. The Immigrants’ Theatre Project by NYC-ARTS in New York, Royal Court Theatre in London, and Gorki Theatre in Berlin are some of the theatre companies that especially help immigrant playwrights to develop works about the experience of migration. Ariane Mnouchkine, Robert Lepage and Rimini Protokoll, are only a few of the renowned theatre directors who have questioned many different aspects of migration in their theatrical productions. Atom Egoyan and Fatih Akin belong to a vast number of film directors whose filmography has a number of films with themes ranging from the integration of migrants into their new homes, to post-exilic traumas about a lost home. Documentaries about migration have been constantly increasing because of the number of refugees who launch on difficult journeys due to the wars currently throughout the world. This course will focus on various themes on the migration experience in plays, films, and documentaries. The themes will include the journey of physically moving/escaping to another country, detention at the borders, difficulties of assimilating to the new country, identity crisis, dreaming/creating/inventing a new home, and homesickness and/or homelessness. The students will be expected to respond to a number of plays, films and documentaries as well as create a ten-minute project about the experience of immigration.

Prerequisites: None
Credits: 4
M 2:10pm - 4:00pm; Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, CAPA, Drama, Four Credit, 2000, Monday and/or Thursday Afternoons, Burcu Seyben, and tagged , , , , .