Film Series + Festivals

Learning Beyond the Classics

Film Series + Festivals

Learning Beyond the Classics

New Indigenous Cinema
In recent years, a new era of indigenous directors, actors, screenwriters, and crewmembers throughout the Americas has brought fresh stories to cinemas and televisions. With varied themes and narrative approaches, the films from which this course samples diverge and link to each other in fascinating ways despite, for example, a geography that stretches from Guatemala to Canada, as in this series. This course will examine how their many building blocks — humor, horror, realism, and fantasy — speak to past and future Indigenous cinema.

About the Instructor
Ashlee Bird is an Assistant Professor in American Studies and a Native American game designer. Professor Bird is Western Abenaki and her scholarship theorizes digital sovereignty, drawing on multiple fields to address representations of Native American characters in video games.

Tara Kenjockety is the Undergraduate Community Engagement and Anthropology Librarian at Hesburgh Libraries. She is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and part of the Seneca Nation.

Sponsored by the Department of American Studies, Native American Initiatives, and the David A. Heskin and Marilou Brill Endowment for Excellence.

La Llorona (2019)

Acclaimed filmmaker Jayro Bustamante, presents an urgent and frightening reimagining of the iconic Latin American fable with La Llorona.

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Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015)

Director Chloe Zhao captures the subtleties of a marginalized existence in which the historic culture of a people can't compete on a level playing field with the modern problems of poverty, alcoholism, and violence, in Songs My Brother Taught Me.

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Ever Deadly (2022)

Ever Deadly weaves together intimate concert footage of Tagaq alongside moving personal reflections, stunning sequences filmed in Nunavut, and hand-drawn animation by Inuk artist Shuvinai Ashoona to seamlessly bridge history, landscapes, stories, and songs.

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