This is the course blog for Dr. Annemarie Perez’s Fall 2019 course in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) 330 – US Ethnic Representations in Film.
In this course, we will analyze representations of Chicanx, Latinx, Hispanics in US film and media as a site for cultural and political visibility and discuss how Latina/o actors and filmmakers have worked to challenge and disrupt mainstream stereotypes about our communities. We will examine films, television shows, documentaries and independent work produced or transmitted by mainstream film industries, as well as media and film productions directed, performed and written by Latinos. We will discuss and compare Latinx produced film and media with other mainstream productions in order to critically engage with the definition of Latinx representations in the United States. Most of our examples will come from the 1950s forward, with special emphasis on the contemporary period. Special attention to Latinx cinematic constructions in multiple genres, including border films, Westerns, drug trafficking films, urban gang films, immigrant films and the moves from teatro to theater to film.