FS 412 B1: Indigenous Women's Media

T. Hubbard

Indigenous women have been making screen-based work since the early days of cinema, but it took the work of Alanis Obomsawin, Shelley Niro, Loretta Todd, Christine Welsh and others to make space for the current explosion of Indigenous women’s media in North America. The course will chart the way in which Indigenous women use the screen to engage with themes such as social justice and the land, violence against women, legal complexities, and relationality. Particular emphasis will be on Indigenous women and the film industry, exploring innovation, participatory filmmaking, engagement with oral history, and Indigenous futurism. Media makers include but are not limited to Dana Claxton, Tracey Deer, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Sydney Freeland, Danis Goulet, Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, Razelle Benally, Asinnajaq, and Amanda Strong. As a Cree woman filmmaker, Tasha Hubbard will also provide students with a detailed look at the filmmaking process. Several filmmakers will be guests via zoom and students will also collaboratively curate a screening series.