FILM 101  Appreciation:  World Cinema (3)

This course examines selected historical and aesthetic developments in world cinema, with an emphasis placed on learning how to appreciate the medium of film.  Students will become familiar with and learn to critique various directorial styles and film genres. The cultural, artistic and political contexts of national cinematic movements will also be examined. A series of foreign and North American feature and documentary films and clips will be screened during class.

Prerequisite: ENGL 098
Transfers to: UBC FIST 100 (3), SFU GE 1XX (3), UVic AHVS 100 Lev (1.5), TRU FILM 1XX0 (3).


Meet Katrin Bowen, our Film Studies Instructor


Katrin Bowen is a passionate teacher, and award-winning filmmaker, She feels incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to teach what she loves. She has taught careers for the acting, directing, and writing streams at Langara College, directing and acting at In Focus Film School, writing for film at Vancouver Film School, and is now thrilled to be teaching world cinema at Alexander College.

Katrin has been teaching at the college level for the past ten years and has thoroughly enjoyed combining her love of making films, with her love of teaching. Part of her work includes collaborating with the film departments to come up with a practical and effective curriculum. She grades students fairly, gives positive constructive feedback on their work, and strives to bring out their best.

Katrin directed her first feature film “Amazon Falls”, which went on to great critical success with a world premiere at TIFF, Best Feature Film Award at The Female Eye Festival, and Katrin won the vision award for best direction at the 2011 WIFTV Spotlight Awards. Katrin’s second feature film: “Random Acts of Romance” was nominated for four Leo Awards:  Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Screenplay, and played at film festivals as diverse as Miami and Cameroon, Africa.

Katrin’s directing career began at Berkeley, where she made an award-winning documentary on rap music:  She won the Vision Award for Best Director, and the Best International Film Award at the Chroma festival for her second short film “Almost Forgot My Bones”. and he 90 second “mind bomb” she directed for Adbusters went viral with over 800,000 views in one week. Most recently, she directed the innovative short film and video game  “Jane Doe” for story hive.

Katrin is an Alumnae of the University of California at Berkeley, The Cannes Producing Intensive, Women in the Director’s Chair, The Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab  and The Berlinale Talent Campus.


Molly Lewis, Film Instructor

Molly received her Master of Arts degree in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2015. Her thesis explored evocations of Henri Bergson’s philosophy of memory in the notorious AMC series Mad Men. As a passionate academic interested in historical dramas, child/youth cinema, and literary adaptations, she has been invited to speak on the radio as well as at media studies conferences across North America. Her first academic article on Rumble Fish, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film adaptation of the young adult novel by S.E. Hinton, was published in Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.  In addition to teaching FILM 101 at Alexander College, she puts her near decade of experience as an academic writing coach to use at the Writing and Learning Centre as an Academic Writing and Humanities Specialist.


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