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.