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USP 410 / 510:
Conflict & Community in Film

Martha J. Bianco, Ph.D.

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Martha J. Bianco, Ph.D.
URBN 370-E
506 SW Mill St.
Portland, OR 97201


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Portland State University

P.O. Box 751

Portland, OR 97207-0751


Phone: 503-706-8641
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The focus of this class is how urban conflict is expressed through art via the medium of film.  As such, we will look at two broad categories of conflict-as-art in film:  those in which filmmakers use film as an art form (with varying levels of success) to capture and express conflict within urban communities; and those in which filmmakers use film to document how urban and street art (primarily music and dance) is an expression of community-based conflict.