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Indie Film, Gen X and the end of the American Dream

1970s | Gen Xers

1970s | Gen Xers

Sherry B. Ortner, American cultural anthropologist and distinguished professor of anthropology at UCLA, is giving a lecture next week at the University of Wyoming. Ortner was born in 1941 making her a member of the Silent Generation.

End of the American Dream

Her presentation is “Late Capitalism, ‘Generation X,’ and the Global Impact of the End of the American Dream.” It will focus on how the American independent film scene emerged as a recognizable cultural movement in the late 1980s.

Ortner argues that the end of the American Dream, an idea associated with so-called Generation X also had a global impact, which she explores through the lens of recent independent films made by and/or about immigrants to the United States.

I found the following, seemingly related information from Ortner on UCLA’s website:

American independent film scene emerged as a recognizable cultural movement in the late 1980’s. This talk is part of a larger project that attempts to situate this movement and its films within the context of massive social transformations (“postmodernism” and “late capitalism”) emerging in the late decades of the 20th century and continuing into the present.

In this particular talk/chapter I argue that “the end of the American Dream,” an idea associated with so-called Generation X (“the first generation in the US that will not do better than its parents”), also had a global impact. I explore this impact through the lens of recent independent films made by and/or about immigrants to the United States. Among the films to be considered, two will be discussed in some detail: Sorry, Haters and The War Within.

Be sure to check out my post, Generation X, Lost American Dream, New Gilded Age.

 

Gen X Blog Jennifer Chronicles

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