Our Threatened Planet: Ecology in Film

Fatima Naqvi (German)

In this seminar, we will view several documentary films on the threatened state of the earth’s environment. The subject was popularized by Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth (part of which will be included in the course), but we will focus on three Austrian films released in 2004/2005. What is the unique perspective of artists who come from a small European country that is very concerned with environmental issues? We will read blogs and magazine articles that discuss the interplay between reality and the images in these films. We will also compare American versus European narratives of environmental damage, in relation to their respective political and economic circumstances.