|I was very interested in this class initially since I had never seen any Czech films or knew much about Czech film history. However, many of us had a very negative experience with my professor. She was very discriminatory towards American students. She patronized us from the first class on, when she found out none of us were film majors, even though all but two European students were in other majors besides film as well. During one showing, the film ran over class time by 30 minutes. We all stayed and watched, I was genuinely enjoying it, and when the film was clearly over (the credits were starting to roll, the main characters literally walking into the sunset) we got our bags ready and prepared to leave, and she very immaturely told us "Well there is just a minute left, but go ahead, leave! Really, just go." We silently sat down, and she continued to sarcastically tell us to leave, opening the door and pointing to it. If she had politely told us to wait, or even yelled, it would have been much better. Many European students had left during the actual movie and gotten no flack, but when the American students attempted to leave at the end we got treated as children who have misbehaved. Another situation that was very unfair to me personally occurred during our midterm presentations. The assignment was to present a comparison of the marketing of a Czech film in the Czech Republic and one other nation. Many people did not do the assignment correctly and also included rotten tomatoes and IMDB ratings, which mean very little. I worked much harder on my presentations than some of my fellow student and I was the last to go. I was the only student to talk about who distributed the film in other nations, I did not include trivial information like IMDB ratings, and I thought I did very well. I then received my presentation grade via email with comments. I was shocked to see that she said I should have included the distribution company, which I did, and that IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings should not be used and "It was a trend among the American students." I was given a B- I emailed her back angrily, for numerous reasons. One, I had indeed included the distribution company and was the only student to do so at that. Two, I did not include the IMDB ratings. Three, European students also included such ratings, not only the Americans. She raised my grade to a B+ after my lengthy email re-describing my presentation, but the sting stayed. I was the last to present and should have been freshest in her mind, but clearly she paid no attention and lumped me with all Americans. This was a pattern which occurred week after week.