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Amalia Cordova

Amalia Cordova

Part-time Faculty
B.A., Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, 1996
M.A., New York University, 2007

Amalia Córdova is a film curator, filmmaker and scholar specializing in indigenous film. She is the Assistant Director of New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and is the former Latin American Program Manager for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s Film and Video Center, where she organized video tours, film festivals and international screenings. She has also been a panelist, moderator, selector and juror at international indigenous film festivals, including the Morelia International Film Festival and the CLACPI International Film and Video Festival of Indigenous Peoples. She has co-directed two documentaries on indigenous art in Chile, a short First Voices , about the New York independent radio program First Voices Indigenous Radio , and is currently co-directing Urban Indians , a web-series on the urban indigenous experience. She has contributed to scholarship on the development of indigenous media in Latin America with several publications, including essays in Film Festival Yearbook 4: Film Festivals and Activism (2012), American Indian magazine (2010), the collection Global Indigenous Media (2008) and Cultural Survival Quarterly  (2005) . She is a former trustee of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, an organization that supports and encourages independent media makers, a board member of the youth media project New Children/New York and a member of the OURmedia international community media network. She is from Santiago, Chile.


Professor Amalia Córdova delivered her paper “Collecting ‘Video Indígena:’ Engaging Indigenous Knowledges in a Changing Mediascape” in May 2013 at the University of Miami/Florida International University. Professor Córdova was highlighted on the Berlinale's Facebook page as an advisor to their upcoming film showcase on Indigenous films from Latin America, called "NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema." She presented her paper “Weaving Wisdom: Videos for Peace in Colombia” in November 2013 at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University.  


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Amalia Cordova

Part-time Faculty
See Profes, Room 15 Washington Square South-4W
(212) 998-8685
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Research and Teaching Interests

indigenous media and politics; Latin American cinema; documentary studies; museum and curatorial studies; performance and post-colonial theory; Afro-Brazilian dance and culture

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