Dartmouth Events

Asian Diaspora On Screen: First Cow

This tender story of friendship and nascent capitalism on the American frontier comes from one of today's most underappreciated cinematic visionaries, Kelly Reichardt.

Thursday, May 18, 2023
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Films
Fee required. Tickets required.

There is perhaps no genre more thoroughly gendered than the western, and it is here that Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff) has staked her claim as a singular voice in a crowded terrain. No sweeping vistas or grand antagonisms, First Cow is the story of a friendship between a couple of misfit pioneers: one a cook, Cookie (John Magaro), a gentle, soft-spoken man, and the other a Chinese immigrant, King Lu (Orion Lee), a prototypical entrepreneur, ambitious and scheming, but more out of necessity than greed. True to the genre, Reichardt is deep in the weeds of American myth-making. After the arrival of the first dairy cow in the territory, Reichardt, with the painstaking exactness of a procedural, plots the emerging relations of frontier capitalism—part exploitation and theft; part survival and partnership. The scope is miniaturist, but the import is monumental.

Programmed as part of the Asian Diaspora on Screen series in collaboration with the Dartmouth Asian American Studies Collective (DAASC).

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For more information, contact:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
603 646 2422

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