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Title: North American indigenous cinema and its audiences
Author: De Ruiter, Brian
Awarding Body: Swansea University
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2013
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This dissertation examines the fictional and non-fictional films of Sherman Alexie, Chris Eyre and Zacharias Kunuk in the larger context of the development of North American indigenous cinema and its audiences. It examines the relation of the films to mainstream cinema and representations of North American indigenous populations by drawing on a wide range of critical responses. After the introduction, which surveys the literature in the field and demonstrates the need for the present study, Chapter One will discuss the persistence of stereotypical representations of Native Americans in cinematic texts and the manner in which they continue to influence people's perceptions of Native Americans. Chapter Twofocuses on Sherman Alexie's Smoke Signals and The Business of Fancydancing as conscious and sophisticated responses to these stereotypes which offer a new sort of dialogue regarding Coeur d 'Alene and Spokane identity. This chapter also looks at the relation of the films to the texts from which they originated. Chapter Three looks at the wide range of filmic texts directed by Chris Eyre, and his exploration of contemporary Sioux and Navajo identity, particularly the complex problems of representing spirituality, while Chapter Four focuses on shamanism as represented in the fictional filmic texts of Zacharias Kunuk. Chapter Five provides an account of the funding of indigenous cinema, and the problems that can potentially arise in production and distribution if not connected to government sources of funding. Chapter Six examines how 'A Thousand Roads' and 'Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change' utilises images connected to indigenous identity for their own political purposes. The conclusion of this dissertation will provide a brief assessment of the current state of North American indigenous cinema.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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