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Human Rights, Social Movements and Activism in Contemporary Latin American Cinema

Editors: Cunha, Mariana, da Silva, Antônio Márcio (Eds.)

  • Focuses on a variety of themes concerning human rights and activism through the lens of cinema studies, and provides close readings of contemporary films that have often been overlooked in connection to these issues
  • Covers a range of topics and countries in Latin America, serving to open new avenues for debate and inform potential readers of the specificities of the continents’ nations
  • Positioned to have a transnational appeal beyond the Latin American context
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About this book

This edited collection explores how contemporary Latin American cinema has dealt with and represented issues of human rights, moving beyond many of the recurring topics for Latin American films. Through diverse interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches, and analyses of different audiovisual media from fictional and documentary films to digitally-distributed activist films, the contributions discuss the theme of human rights in cinema in connection to various topics and concepts.

Chapters in the volume explore the prison system, state violence, the Mexican dirty war, the Chilean dictatorship, debt, transnational finance, indigenous rights, social movement, urban occupation, the right to housing, intersectionality, LGBTT and women’s rights in the context of a number of Latin American countries. By so doing, it assesses the long overdue relation between cinema and human rights in the region, thus opening new avenues to aid the understanding of cinema’s role in social transformation.

About the authors

Mariana Cunha is a postdoctoral research fellow (CAPES) at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. She holds a PhD from Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and has published articles on cinematic space, landscape, nature, Brazilian and global contemporary cinema. She co-edited the volume Space and Subjectivity in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Antônio Márcio da Silva is Associate Lecturer at the University of Surrey and Queen Mary University of London, UK. His publications include the co-edited collection Space and Subjectivity in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), the monograph The ‘Femme’ Fatale in Brazilian Cinema: Challenging Hollywood Norms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and a number of articles.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Cunha, Mariana (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • Human Rights and the Shadow of Chile’s Dictatorship: Patricio Guzmán and the Poetics of a Cinematic Landscape

    Winterbottom, Tom

    Pages 21-43

  • Rewriting the History of the Urban Revolutionary: Documentary Film and Human Rights Activism in Post-dirty War Society

    Calderón, Fernando Herrera

    Pages 45-69

  • Human Rights Abuses and State Violence in Prison Films by Hector Babenco

    da Silva, Antônio Márcio

    Pages 71-93

  • Territories, Existence and Identities: Indigenous Peoples in Argentine Films

    Jones, Dilys

    Pages 95-112

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human Rights, Social Movements and Activism in Contemporary Latin American Cinema
Editors
  • Mariana Cunha
  • Antônio Márcio da Silva
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96208-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96208-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96207-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 262
Number of Illustrations
19 illustrations in colour
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