LATS 203(F) Chicana/o Film and Video (Same as ArtH 203)*

Hollywood cinema has long been fascinated with the border between the United States and Mexico. This course will examine representations of the U.S.-Mexico border, Mexican Americans, and Chicana/os in both Hollywood film and independent media. We will consider how positions on nationalism, race, gender, identity, migration, and history are represented and negotiated through film. We will begin by analyzing Hollywood "border" and gang films before approaching Chicana/o-produced features, independent narratives, and experimental work. This course will explore issues of film and ideology, genre and representation, nationalist resistance and feminist critiques, queer theory and the performative aspects of identity. Film screenings will be scheduled as a lab. Evaluation will be based on one short paper, mid-term exam, final exam and take home essays. No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 30 (expected: 20).