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21st Century Optimism in Film | In-Person

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Course Description:

The 21st century has been marked by terrorism, wars, threats to democracy, and extreme divisiveness, yet small films offer an odd hopefulness in updated themes—the awkwardness of love, the nuisance of having to belong, and the adversities inherent in family. We’ll view and discuss such films as "Little Miss Sunshine," "Medianeras (Sidewalls)," "The Lunchbox," and "The Art of Self Defense" as examples of a deeply human urge toward hopefulness even during hostile times.


Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesdays, May 10, 17, 24, 31 *2:00 – 5:00 p.m.* (4 sessions)


Course will be presented live at CSUMB Ryan Ranch (8 Upper Ragsdale Road, Monterey) and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. To keep everyone safe, seats are limited.


William Brigham, M.S.W., M.A., is a cinema scholar, and the author of "Historical Dictionary of Woody Allen" (2019), as well as essays on various sociological themes in cinema. Renée Curry, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita in the School of Humanities and Communication at CSU Monterey Bay.