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Latin American Women Filmmakers: Production, Politics, Poetics

Latin American Women Filmmakers: Production, Politics, Poetics
Deborah Martin, Deborah Shaw

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Latin American women filmmakers have achieved unprecedented international prominence in recent years. Notably political in their approach, figures such as Lucrecia Martel, Claudia Llosa and Bertha Navarro have created innovative and often challenging films, enjoying global acclaim from critics and festival audiences alike. They undeniably mark a 'moment' for Latin American cinema.Bringing together distinguished scholars in the field - and prefaced by B. Ruby Rich - this is a much-needed account and analysis of the rise of female-led film in Latin America. Chapters detail the collaboration that characterises Latin American women's filmmaking - in many ways distinct from the largely 'Third Cinema' auteurism from the region - as well as the transnational production contexts, unique aesthetics and socio-political landscape of the key industry figures. Through close attention to the particular features of national film cultures, from women's documentary filmmaking in Chile to comedic critique in Brazil, and from US Latina screen culture to the burgeoning popularity of Peruvian film, this timely study demonstrates the remarkable possibilities for film in the region.

This book will allow scholars and students of Latin American cinema and culture, as well as industry professionals, a deeper understanding of the emergence and impact of the filmmakers and their work, which has particular relevance for contemporary debates on feminism.

Author Info

Deborah Martin is Senior Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies at University CollegeLondon. She has published widely on Latin American film, including Painting, Literature and Filmin Colombian Feminine Culture: Border Guards, Nomads and Women (2012) and The Cinema ofLucrecia Martel (2016).Deborah Shaw is Reader in Film Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK, where her keyresearch interests are in transnational film theory and Latin American cinema. She is the foundingco-editor of the Transnational Cinemas journal and her books include Contemporary Latin AmericanCinema: Ten Key Films (2003) and The Three Amigos: The Transnational Filmmaking of Guillermo delToro, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and Alfonso Cuaron (2013).

Review

‘This exciting collection balances contextual analysis with close attention to individual films and the careers of more and less visible women working in different industry roles. A major contribution to not only film studies but also to current and future thinking about women’s cultural production in Latin America.’ – Claire Williams, University of Oxford
 
‘Focusing on the cinemas of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and the Hispanic US, the essays collected here are brilliant advocates for filmmaking by Latin American women, a timely reminder that the personal is still political.’ – Andrea Noble, Durham University
 

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Series: Tauris World Cinema Series

Hardback
ISBN: 9781784537111
Publication Date: 29 Mar 2017
Number of Pages: 304
Height: 254
Width: 159

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