This site supports ENG 130a: Representing Poverty, a film course taught at Brandeis University in Spring 2016.
The course asks how global cinema has represented poverty. We study the visual rhetoric used to depict poor people and class relations on the screen as well as the ways that characters and viewers are linked by certain kinds of feelings and appeals (pity and horror, for example).
The site is currently in development, but ultimately visitors will be able to find an annotated filmography, recommended readings and–the centerpiece of our project–a digital atlas. The regional and world maps presented will take you to annotated clips that reveal the political and aesthetic habits that world cinema uses to represent poor people.