115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Film Studies II

Session Chair: 
Colin Enriquez, Pepperdine University
Session 8: Saturday 3:05 – 4:35 pm
Wesselkamper 120
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  1. Paul du Quenoy, American University of Beirut
    This paper will explore The Godfather as a meme for understandng creative responses to political, institutional, and social corruption during the era of the Vietnam War.
  2. Justin Clapp, University of Hawaii, Manoa
    This presentation explores the relevance of Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis in contemporary society by analyzing how various concepts manifest themselves within Christopher Nolan’s 2008 film Inception. The paper focuses on primal repression and repression proper to argue that psychoanalysis provides a valuable framework to discuss mental processes and the human experience. 
  3. Tajaddin Noori, University of Arkansas Fayetteville
    My paper argues that the Iraqi movie Zaman: The Man from the Reeds supports, on an ideological level, Saddam Hussein’s regime. It highlights the freedom of religion and worship in Saddam’s era. However, on the utopian level, the movie breaks the ideological constraints with many utopian impulses. It exhibits Iraqi Marshlands as a utopian place. It shows utopian impulses in challenging the censorship of Saddam’s regime and the shortage of cinematic equipment in Iraq under international sanctions.
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