Alternative cinemas are a subset of independent or art house movies that propose alternatives to mainstream cinema in terms of style, content, modes of production, and spectatorship. This class will survey a wide variety of alternative contemporary film practices from Europe. The course does not provide a comprehensive survey of European film production (which totals over a 1,000 films per year), but rather embarks on a journey of discovery. We will critically examine films by emerging and established filmmakers, certain groups of filmmakers, as well as national or transnational movements, trends, or “genres” identified by critics and scholars such as the Black British cinema, beur cinema, Dogma 95, the New Berlin School, docudrama, accented cinema, slow cinema, and new realism. Screenings will include works by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, Thomas Arslan, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Susana de Sousa Dias, Isaac Julien, Sally Potter, Béla Tarr, Agnès Varda, Peter Watkins, and Thomas Vinterberg. Students who want to take this kind of course should be ready to be put inside unfamiliar conditions of viewing rather than expecting that the unfamiliar is brought handily to them. Prerequisite(s): PQ: CMST 10100 Introduction to Film, or consent of instructor.