115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Film Studies I

Session Chair: 
Shabnam Piryaei, San Francisco State University
Session 7: Saturday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Wesselkamper 120
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  1. Dawn Dietrich, Western Washington University
    I look at recent documentary films, such as Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017), 13th (2016), and I am Not Your Negro (2016), as a new form of political intervention that “shows” us our past as our future, particularly in relationship to Donald Trump’s presidency and other authoritarian regimes. By embracing an iconic “language of truth,” these films provide “hard evidence” to guide social justice interventions into political processes that may seem too global in scale to change.
  2. Jacob Murel, University of Memphis
    I address performative identity theory in relation to cinema verité documentary films. With reference to philosophers like Nietzsche, Marx, and Roger Scruton, I review how identity is commonly understood throughout the humanities as a performace. With a look at Jim McBride’s mockumentary David Holzman’s Diary, I ask what this means for documentary films which hope to reveal individuals’ “real” identities to their audiences.
  3. Colin Enriquez, Pepperdine University
    Drawing on elements of hip-hop in Duvernay’s 13th, 1990s hip-hop album imagery, and my adolescent experience, this paper argues that mass incarceration and media criminalization of black identity creates a disposition of persecution and nihilism in young black men, and this outlook is reflected in the apocalyptic imagery of hip-hop of the era.
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