This course has two objectives. The first objective is to acquaint you with recurring themes (immigration, gender, music, cholo aesthetics, etc.) in Chicano cinema. The second shall deepen your knowledge of film history and improve your skills in analyzing film.
Our course materials will focus on the concept of the frontier or border, and specifically of the U.S.-Mexican border, as a determining factor in American culture, through a close reading and written analysis of borderland narratives, film, and cross-cultural encounters.