FACES OF AMERICAN CINEMA
Identity borders/border identities in contemporary US cinema – a case study of Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
The paper questions the role of the American-Mexican border as a space that affects the formation of hybrid identities and the role of popular culture (film) in representing this phenomenon. Referring to a series of film examples from the 1950s up to now, the paper points to the existence of two tendencies: affirmation and negation of hybrid identities. Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Tommy Lee Jones, 2005) serves as an example to show how a film text represents the mentioned phenomenon and what its role in re/deconstructing stereotype cultural identities is.