In this course, we watch art films by filmmakers working in various languages and regions of India. Our cinematic journey will touch on important themes in South Asian culture and history over the past 200 years. It will also introduce students to some of the formal elements of filmmaking to help them better “read” and appreciate the text of film. There will be weekly readings on Indian cinema, culture, and film theory. The Monday class is for weekly film screenings, although the Monday class will not meet if the assigned film is available streaming (about half the time).