Communication and Culture | Topics in Media, Culture, Society
C204 | 1041 | Y. Rivero


This course examines ‘Latino/a Cinema’ and its connections to
particular historical, cultural, and political movements in the U.S.
and Latin America.  In the first section, we will review and critique
Latino/a representations in Hollywood films. We will focus on the ways
in which some early stereotypes are still part of recently released
mainstream movies.  In the second section, we will discuss the
‘origins’ and development of Latino/a video and film.  In this section
we will analyze particular films in relation to the Civil Rights
Movement, the Chicano/a Movement, the New Latin American Cinema, the
Feminist Movement, and the Gay Rights Movement.  In the last part of
this course we will examine films directed, written, or produced by
Latinos/as which were co-produced by Hollywood studios.  We will
compare Hollywood/Latino films to understand the ways in which
Latinoness has been represented in the U.S. cultural landscape. The
main objective of this course is to understand the cultural, social,
historical, and economic contexts that permeate the representations of
Latino identities in both Latino Cinema and Hollywood/mainstream
films.