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Andalusian Doug (2010)

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Academic freedom vs. religious conservatism: How one small town university professor battles social norms and challenges students to think outside the box.

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Meet Douglas DiBianco, colorful and controversial professor of music at Eastern Illinois University. Throughout his tenure at the school, DiBianco's curriculum has evolved to include not just core course material, but references to radical artists such as Otto Muehl and GG Allin. He claims that in order for his students to judge any art form, they must first be familiar with its most radical examples. Described as "impishly provocative", DiBianco uses shocking language and content to force students out of their comfort zones, opening them to the possibility that art doesn't have to be pretty to be valuable. During his lectures, he draws upon vast amounts of extraneous material, as well as stories from his personal life to both challenge and broaden his students' pre-conceived notions of art, music and film. Over the years, students and faculty have spoken out, condemning his unconventional subject matter and teaching style. In the mid-90s, DiBianco even became embroiled in a sexual ... Written by Robin Heron

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Tender, controversial and inspiring portrait of a professor
8 February 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This documentary explores issues of academic freedom and religious conservatism in a university, located in the Bible Belt in the United States. The filmmakers provide a tender, sometimes controversial, portrait of a professor willing to push his students by exposing them to new ideas and by often destabilizing their preconceived notions of what art or music ought to be. As an art teacher myself, I find that the role of an educator is to teach their students to keep an open mind on a new subject and to think outside the box. Doug DiBianco took many risks in his career as a professor, but always in order to show that art reflects its society and often does so by pushing boundaries. I grade it an A+!


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