Category Archives: Essays

Indigenous Women: Finding Sovereignty in Cinema in Kuessipan

By Emily Thomas

Indigenous film is an up-and-coming genre, and indigenous women are making important contributions to it. This essay analyzes the 2019 film Kuessipan by Canadian filmmaker Myriam Verreault and Innu co-writer Naomi Fontaine and discusses the history of indigenous female representation in film. This essay also explains the concept of representation through polyphony (multivocality), which encourages viewers of this film to feel empathy for Native women. Using a humanist lens, this essay explores the depth of Kuessipan’s female protagonists and explains how the film could serve as a catalyst for change in the real world.

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I’ll Be Back: The Return of Movie Icons and the Disappearance of Original Films

By Bridger Nebeker

When you think of new movie releases, you likely think of the latest additions to large movie franchises. It seems that the only pictures getting attention are sequels, adaptations, or remakes—and to the average moviegoer, it may appear that original films not based on preexisting content have disappeared from the box office. While some suggest that Hollywood’s well of creativity has dried up, it is more likely that this phenomenon is economically motivated.

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Film and Civil Rights: Race Relations and Film

By Jinhee Nelson

Though a slow and painful road, Black integration into Hollywood has improved film portrayals of the Black community as well as interracial relations within the United States and other parts of the world. By explaining how film as a medium of communication has a special influence on viewers’ comprehension—via cultural transmission—and by summarizing some landmark events in Black film history, this essay aims to show that Black integration in the film industry has played an integral role in the civil rights movement by altering how Blacks are perceived and increasing the roles they are given to better reflect the community and their contributions at large.

*“The 12th Academy Awards: 1940.” Oscars.org | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, https://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/1940.

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