To help promote cross-cultural learning the Schoolcraft College International Institute proudly presents another presentation in its Focus Series...Russia and its Environs
Presentor: Dr. Daniel Yezbick
A Detroit native, Dan Yezbick is Associate Professor of English and Global Education Coordinator at Forest Park College in St. Louis, MO, where he teaches writing, literature, and Honors courses as well as interdisciplinary surveys of cinema, comedy, and fantasy.
Topic: Symbols of Dissent, Fantasies of Freedom: Chaos and Catharsis in the Countercultural Cinema of Eastern Europe
The films that define one time Soviet block nations like Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and the former Yugoslavia have struggled for decades to create and define complex truths about politics, ethnicity, and human rights. Along the way, the filmakers of Eastern Europe made their cameras into resilient arbitors of conflict, comment, and change. Always defining themselves against the ideological dominance of both the U.S.S.R and the U.S.A., these directors and their collaborators produced a legacy of striking allegories, gripping characters, and stunning images that now rank amount most provocative in the history of World Cinema.