Film Studies

Film Studies

Film Studies affords students the opportunity for in-depth exploration of one of the world’s most vibrant and influential cultural practices as both an analyst and a practitioner. Students develop the ability to think critically, analyze both visual and written texts, communicate persuasively, and produce their own digital media projects. Major & MinorCourses

Fall 2024 Course Offerings

Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature & the Arts

Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature & The Arts


Reimagining Community In Cinema

The University of Richmond 2023-2024 Tucker Boatwright Festival of Literature and Arts is hosted by the Film Studies interdisciplinary program. “Reimagining Community in Cinema” explores the diverse ways in which community is historically imagined and reimagined in documentary and fiction film from the silent era to the digital age. Through events such as symposia, masterclasses, film screenings and conversations with filmmakers, the festival honors in particular the contributions of historically marginalized communities.

Shannon Lee

Be Water, My Friend


A book talk with Shannon Lee, followed by Q&A and a book-signing reception.

Shannon Lee is the chair of the Bruce Lee Foundation, the CEO and owner of the Bruce Lee Family Companies, and the daughter of the legendary martial artist and cultural icon Bruce Lee. Shannon’s overall mission is to provide access to her father’s wisdom and practices through education and entertainment and be a cause of healing and unity in the world. She is the creator of Camp Bruce Lee and other programs and community initiatives through the Bruce Lee Foundation, focusing on youth mental wellness and community healing through the legacy of mind, body, and spirit teachings of her father Bruce Lee. Shannon also hosts the Bruce Lee Podcast and serves as the executive producer of HBOMax’s Warrior. Her first book, Be Water, My Friend, offers insight into how to use her father’s philosophies toward a more fluid, peaceful, and fulfilling life

Changing Perspectives: Reflections on Contemporary German Film

Zuhur's Daughters

Zuhurs Töchter (Zuhur’s Daughters) (2021)


Film Screening & Community Conversation.

This documentary follows the experiences of two trans* teenagers from a Syrian refugee family in Germany. Lohan’s and Samar’s journeys to be at home in their bodies and in their new country are complicated by cultural differences, gender expectations, and social pressures. Over a three-year period, the directors gain the trust of the family and the two sisters, and the result is a film that provides an intensely personal, complex, and honest portrait of the family’s interactions as Lohan and Samar transition and assert their place in society.

Film introduction by Kathrin Bower (pronouns: she/her, professor of German studies and film studies). Facilitation of community conversation after the screening by Casey Butler (pronouns: they/them, associate director of LGBTQ+ campus life, Student Center for Equity and Inclusion).

Light refreshments will be provided. Events are free and open to the public.

The Ordinaries Film Screening Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts

The Ordinaries (2022)

APRIL 6, 3-5:30 P.M. | Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business

Film Screening & Discussion.

In this extraordinary debut feature, Sophie Linnenbaum constructs a meta-cinematic world where the social hierarchies are determined by a character’s place in the story. The privileged group consists of main characters who live in elegant houses and enjoy the pleasures of light and color, while supporting characters are lower on the social ladder, and outtakes are relegated to the dimly lit black-and-white slums. Linnenbaum uses these power structures of cinematic narrative as an allegory for the forces of prejudice, exclusion, and exploitation in society, while drawing attention to the importance of visibility in shaping and instituting change.

Film introduction by Kathrin Bower, professor of German studies and film studies, and students from FMST/LLC 265 German Cinema, with discussion after the screening.

Light refreshments will be provided. Events are free and open to the public.

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Faculty Highlights

Dr. Françoise Ravaux-Kirkpatrick
Ravaux-Kirkpatrick Awarded International Honor for Contributions to the Arts

Françoise Ravaux-Kirkpatrick, professor of French and film studies, has been awarded the rank of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture for her contributions in the artistic and literary field. Learn more.

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Dr. Jessica Ka Yee Chan
Jessica Chan Publishes First Book

Dr. Jessica Chan has published Chinese Revolutionary Cinema: Propaganda, Aesthetics, and Internationalism, 1949–1966 (London: I.B.Tauris, 2019) and has a forthcoming article “Literature of the Oppressed: Lu Xun and Nikolai Gogol,” in Frontiers of Literary Studies in China. .

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Film Studies Faculty Students at the French Film Festival

Local Film Festivals

Film buffs can get their fix at a variety of festivals on campus and throughout Richmond.

Contact Us

Mailing address:

Film Studies Program
217 Carole Weinstein International Center
211 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 662 3008
Fax: (804) 289-8313

Program Coordinator: Monika Siebert
Academic Administrative Coordinator: Lynn Hardwicke