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Reverse Shots

Indigenous Film and Media in an International Context

Wendy Gay Pearson and Susan Knabe, editors

Film and Media Studies

Paper 392 pp.

ISBN13: 978-1-55458-335-5

Release Date: December 2014

Online discount: 25%

$42.99  $32.24


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From the dawn of cinema, images of Indigenous peoples have been dominated by Hollywood stereotypes and often negative depictions from elsewhere around the world. With the advent of digital technologies, however, many Indigenous peoples are working to redress the imbalance in numbers and counter the negativity.

The contributors to Reverse Shots offer a unique scholarly perspective on current work in the world of Indigenous film and media. Chapters focus primarily on Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and cover areas as diverse as the use of digital technology in the creation of Aboriginal art, the healing effects of Native humour in First Nations documentaries, and the representation of the pre-colonial in films from Australia, Canada, and Norway.

Wendy Gay Pearson is an associate professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at Western University in London, Ontario. Her current research project involves the impact of modes of distribution on the politics and aesthetics of Indigenous film. She is co-editing a volume on the politics of representation of Indigenous girls and women.

Susan Knabe is an associate professor in both Media Studies and Women’s Studies at the Western University in London, Ontario. Her research covers the construction of gender and sexuality in discourses of health and disease as well as the representation of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity in film and media. Her forthcoming book is titled Affective Traces: AIDS Cultural Production and the Legacy of the Holocaust.


“Running the spectrum from the chapter by Michael Greyeyes ‘He Who Dreams: Reflections on an Indigenous Life in Film’, to the healing humor from Drew Hayden Taylor’s ‘Redskins, Tricksters and Puppy Stew’, to pre-colonial representations in ‘Atanarjuat’, and ‘10 Canoes’ this volume fascinates, educates, and leaves you wanting more.... Highly recommended for all Tribal Colleges, four year colleges and universities, and any institution or research center which deals with Indigenous people.”

— John D. Berry, Past President, American Indian Library Association