Studies in Film

This course examines diverse Indigenous cinemas from Turtle Island (Canada & the United States) to Aotearoa (New Zealand). Students will study a wide variety of Indigenous films, including activist-based documentaries, adventure comedies, sitcoms, and animations. These films challenge accepted historical and contemporary fictions that sustain settler-colonial forms of domination, offering poignant correctives to the misrepresentations of Indigenous peoples that have dominated Hollywood cinema. The films will be considered in the larger historical, legal, and political contexts to which they respond.  Films will include: The Mountain of SGaana, by Christopher Auchter (Haida), Hunt for the Wilderpeople, by Taika Waititi (Māori), Rhymes for Young Ghouls, by Jeff Barnaby (Mi’kmaq), Smoke Signals, by Chris Eyre (Cheyenne and Arapaho) and Maliglutit, by Zacharias Kunuk (Inuk).