Noelle Griffis introduces this issue of Student Voices with a discussion of her Fall 2020 course, Cinema and the City, providing context and an overview of her students' work, as well as links to her course syllabus and assignment. Griffis's course emphasizes the role that urban development has played in racial and economic inequality in the city and the ways these issues have been depicted—or neglected—on screen.
Yoon Jeong Oh revisits Tosaka Jun's critical interpretations of Japanese society and cultural criticism, arguing that in his writing on post-WWI Japan, Tosaka problematizes the everyday and reinstates heterogeneous temporalities by restoring the social space occupied by the people who live, work, and move about the city streets.
As Rio de Janeiro celebrates its 450th anniversary, it conjures a narrative of citizenship and progress aligned with "civilizing" nationalism. Media ranging from online portals to photographic archives have been recruited to service this project. In this Deep Dive, Nilo Couret examines two documentaries that complicate its dominant narrative about the city.
The traveling exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008 has been featured in several American museums over the past year, and is currently on display at the Brooklyn Museum. Josh Glick, a key participant in the construction and the curation of the exhibit, reflects on his experiences, especially on his work to integrate film into the museum experience.