CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA

Elective Courses

CIMS 388 - CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA

SPAN 388 | LALS 388
403 |SEM |Román de la Campa |TR 3-4:30pm |FBH 323

This course will examine some of the best-known Latin American films in light of various strands of influential theoretical models pertaining to the area, such as New Latin American Film, imperfect cinema, third world film, national cultural identity critiques and neoliberal manifestations. In particular, we will explore whether the waning of revolutionary and other utopian discourses has given way to themes and techniques that feature migratory displacement, new gender formation and neoliberal ambivalence in Latin American cinema. The goal is not only to observe how these topics shift the focus from national histories or ideological common places but also to study how these films engage new video cultures and market pressures in their pursuit of audiences. Film theory and criticism will therefore accompany the discussion of screened movies. The list of films will include Wild Tales7 Days in HavanaRevoluciónXXYNoCity of GodSilent NightLove is a BitchMemories of UnderdevelopmentI The Worst of AllEl TopoPixoteEntranced EarthThe Young and the DamnedEl Mariachi, among others. The class will be mainly taught in English but the films will be subtitled in English and students who wish to do so may write their papers and make their presentations in English or Spanish. A minimum of two 15-page papers and a class presentation will be required.

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