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01:175:377 Decolonizing Cinema

  • Course Description:

    In this course we consider the possibility of a decolonized cinema, as it has emerged from anti-colonial contexts, revolutionary nation-building and solidarity struggles in the Global South and within settler-colonial states in the Global North. How have Black and indigenous filmmakers wrestled with and deconstructed Eurocentric ideologies and tropes that outwardly and internally oppress colonized peoples, and in so doing built textual and institutional alternatives to Hollywood and auteur cinema? We will examine the legacy of so-called Third (and Fourth) Cinema, articulated in manifestos and films beginning in the 1960s and created in dialogue with liberation movements from West Africa to the Americas, from Palestine to the Indian Subcontinent to Australasia. In looking at how radical filmmakers have more recently sought wider platforms in the age of new media, we ultimately explore the notion of an international BIPOC cinema of resistance.

  • Instructor(s): Dominic Leppla