The documentary is a compelling medium for showing the everyday lives of ordinary people around the world. Documentaries take us where we cannot travel, educate us about potential destinations and enable us to make connections. Through them we learn about different lifestyles and cultural traditions. Watching documentaries in our global age can help us discern “real” from “fake” news, question stereotypes and problematize exclusion in our Canadian society.
We will visit contemporary Iran as observers and guests inside the lives of several women, including an environmentally conscious rice farmer, a self-taught painter and an impoverished singer. Watching six films, we’ll explore aspects of Iranian women’s lives such as participation in the fashion industry, challenges to becoming entrepreneurs and relationships among residents of a shelter.
Note: This course involves film screenings.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.