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.
Teaching and Research Interests
indigenous media and politics; Latin American cinema; documentary studies; museum and curatorial studies; performance and post-colonial theory; Afro-Brazilian dance and culture
B.A., Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, 1996 M.A., New York University, 2007
Professor Amalia Córdova had her work “Re-enact, reimagine: performative indigenous documentaries of Bolivia and Brazil” published in New Documentaries in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). She presented "NATIVe: A Report from the Berlinale" at the Second Encrucijadas/Encrucilhadas Conference at Fordham University, in New York, New York, in February 2015. Professor Córdova was an adviser Berlinale’s film showcase on Indigenous films from Latin America, NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema. She presented “Indigenous Media: Performing Self-representation,” at the Transnational Cinema/Media Studies Conference at NYU Abu Dhabi, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in May 2014.