Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section B01. The World on a Screen

Why are so many Iranian films made with non-professional actors and one of their most common themes being the need for empathy? What does this pattern have to do with the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979? Why are so many Irish films angry and Indian films bursting out into song and dance so often? Are these films valuable social and cultural documents and what do they tell us about other societies and their relationship to the world. These and many other questions will be explored in this course with a focus on the movie making industries of: Iran, Ireland, India, Israel/Palestine and Romania.

John GradyJohn Grady
Professor of Sociology