Latino Studies | Latino Film: An Intro and Overview
L111 | 2871 | Yeidy Rivero


This course examines ‘Latino Cinema’ and its connections to
particular historical, cultural, and political movements in the U.S.
and Latin America. We will review and critique Latino/a
representations in Hollywood films focusing on 1930s-1950s
constructions of Latinos/as and the ways in which some early
stereotypes are still reproduced in recent productions. We will also
discuss the ‘origins’ and development of Latino video and film
productions by analyzing particular films in relation to the Civil
Rights Movement, the Chicano/a Movement and others.  The course
material will also examine films directed, written, or produced by
Latinos/as, which were produced or co-produced by Hollywood studios.
The main objective is to understand the various contexts that
permeate representations of Latino identities in both Latino Cinema
and Hollywood/mainstream films.