Latin American Studies | Maya Culture in Film and Video: Anthropological Analysis of Educational Film
L401 | 29055 | Quetzil Castañeda


Spring 2006, 2nd 8 weeks section 29055
Tuesday & Thursday 7-9pm, BH237


This course provides students with the tools to make sophisticated,
anthropological analysis of educational films and video.  The focus
of the course are Maya peoples and cultures as they are represented
in archaeological films, educational films, ethnographic video,
documentaries, and even Hollywood or commercial film.  Students are
required to view 1-2 films each week outside of class time.
Students develop a set of analytical guidelines by which to
critically screen and understand film. These tools are used by
students to create notes that are brought into class for discussion
and debate.  Assigned readings are linked to the films.  Essay
exams, readings, participation, and film notes are considered for
the final grade.

Films:
Himpele and Castañeda, Incidents of Travel in Chichén Itzá
Time-Life, Maya Civilization and Lords of the Jungle
National Geographic, Lost Kingdoms of the Maya
Joseph Campbell, film on the Maya
In Search of the Maya (INAH, México)
Chichén Itzá, The Words of the Chilam Balam
Father Sun Speaks, Hun Batz Men and Bear Bryant
Discovery Channel, Equinox at Chichén Itzá