I am designing a writing course that examines the question of identity
through looking at films about the the American idea of America, if that
makes any sense. The class deals particulary with films about American
individualism (in the section on mainstream directors we're looking at
things like "Easy Rider" and "Sergeant York.") I've got enough material
for my section on Hollywood films by white male directors, but I want the
second half of the course to examine the work of directors who represent
a variety of perspectives in terms of things like "ethnicity" and "sexuality"
and who are working outside the beaten track of the Hollywood tradition.
Any suggestions? I'd like to get as varied a set of perspectives as
possible. If you have ideas, could you include a synopsis with your
suggestions? This would help me to narrow my options. Thanks in advance!
University of KY, Lexington
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