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Palgrave Macmillan

New Documentaries in Latin America

ISBN 9781137291332
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Global Cinema

Nonfiction cinema in Latin America has undergone remarkable changes in the last thirty years. Documentary film was part of the ambitious movements that helped shape the region's cinematic landscape half a century ago, and it has for many years influenced socially committed filmmaking worldwide. The past three decades have taken this tradition in new directions. In this volume, contributors highlight the significance of recent Latin American documentaries and explore contrasts and parallels with works made in previous decades. Examining the vast breadth and diversity of contemporary documentary production, while also situating nonfiction film and video within the cultural, political, and socio-economic history of the region, this book addresses topics such as documentary aesthetics, indigenous media, and transnational filmmaking.

Vinicius Navarro is Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College, USA. 
Juan Carlos Rodríguez is Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.

1. A Poetics of the Trace; Ana M. López
2. First-Person Documentary and the New Political Subject: Enunciation, Recent History, and the Present in New Argentine Cinema; Antonio Gómez
3. Under the Surface of the Image: Cultural Narrative, Symbolic Landscapes, and National Identity in the Films of Jorge de Léon and Armando Capó; Ruth Goldberg
4. Performance in Brazilian Documentaries; Vinicius Navarro
5. Narrative, Visibility, and Trauma in Bus 174; Cecilia Sayad
6. Residual Images and Political Time: Memory and History in Chile, Obstinate Memory and City of Photographers; José Miguel Palacios
7. Reenact, Reimagine: Performative Indigenous Documentaries of Bolivia and Brazil; Amalia Córdova
8. An Other Documentary is Possible: Indy Solidarity Video and Aesthetic Politics; Freya Schiwy
9. Chilean Political Documentary Video of the 1980s; Antonio Traverso and Germán Liñero
10. Bolivia in View; Michael Chanan
11. Intimate Spaces and Migrant Imaginaries: Sandra Gómez, Susana Barriga, and Heidi Hassan; Susan Lord and Zaira Zarza
12. Documentary on Wheels: Car Culture in Karen Rossi's Isla Chatarra; Juan Carlos Rodríguez
13. Rasquache Mockumentary: Alex Rivera's Why Cybraceros?; Debra A. Castillo

Ana M. López, Tulane University, USA
Antonio Gómez, Tulane University, USA

Ruth Goldberg, State University of New York, Empire College, USA

Vinicius Navarro, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Cecilia Sayad, University of Kent, UK

José Miguel Palacios, New York University, USA

Amalia Córdova, New York University, USA

Freya Schiwy, University of California, Riverside, USA

Antonio Traverso, Curtin University, Australia

Germán Liñero, Universidad de Viña del Mar, Chile

Michael Chanan, Roehampton University, UK

Susan Lord, Queen's University, Canada

Zaira Zarza, Queen's University, Canada

Juan Carlos Rodríguez, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Debra A. Castillo, Cornell University, USA


"This is a collection of very insightful, well-informed, and compelling analyses authored by leading scholars in the field of Latin American documentary filmmaking. Theoretically engaged with rigorous contextualization, New Documentaries in Latin America provides an important contribution to a growing field within Latin American Film Studies." - Miriam Haddu, Senior Lecturer, Mexican Visual Culture, University of London, UK, and author of Contemporary Mexican Cinema, 1989-1999: History, Space, and Identity
"Compelling and far-reaching, New Documentaries in Latin America provides a much-needed examination of the astounding documentary output of Latin America in the past three decades. The volume's wide-ranging essays offer nuanced perspectives on important and innovative documentary makers in the region that include established filmmakers like Patricio Guzmán and Eduardo Coutinho; lesser-knowns like Karen Rossi and Susana Barriga; and media collectives like Chile's Cámara en Mano and Mexico's Mal de Ojo TV. The breadth of practices covered invites an updating of previous histories of documentary in Latin America and expands our understanding of the use of video by activist and community organizations, indigenous groups, and regionally focused production arrangements." - Cristina Venegas, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
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