*Part I is not required for Part II. You may enroll in either course separately, or in both.
Why all the current dystopian films? Where are the happy movies? Is it the times? Is it the film industry? Is it technology? Or is it us? In each class, we’ll watch movies and explore these questions.
Part II: Mad Max II: the Road Warrior (1981) is part of an Australian series about individual and group survival in the outback as resources dwindle. The Handmaid’s Tale (1990) is based upon Margaret Atwood’s novel exploring women’s roles in society, class, religion, and fertility. This film predates the TV series of the same name. Gaataca (1997), is a cautionary film set in a genetic engineering corporation. Will your genetic code predetermine your destiny? Finally, as dystopia perhaps begins to feel overwhelming, we’ll turn to the charming animated movie Wall-E (2008), the story of a waste-collecting robot who searches for love and purpose and thereby influences the fate of humankind.