Dear AFEE Members,
Thank you for your responses to my query about suggestions for films that have depictions of economic content. Ultimately, I did decide to re-orient my introductory class around the format of utilizing fictional films. For those who are interested, I am attaching my syllabus to this message.
Also, given my own list, personal queries, and the response of AFEE members, the following represents a list of film suggestions.
Adventures of Baron Munchhausen
Boyz n the Hood
Erin Brockovich (fictionality is debatable)
Grapes of Wrath
How Green was my Valley
It Happened One Night
It's a Wonderful Life
Memories of Underdevelopment
Mosquito Coast (fictionality is debatable)
Other People's Money
There will be Blood
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (fictionality is debatable)
Wall Street 2
Wolf of Wall Street
There are likely many others, but this was the list I worked from as I compiled my syllabus.
One final note, some may have wondered why I chose fictional films? My answer is that there are endless documentaries that I could have shown (likely should show to students), but the intent of a documentary (as accurate as it may be) is to steer students in a very overt way. I was seeking a medium that would allow artistic license to dampen the notion of steering in favor of students drawing their own conclusions.