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

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  • 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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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.

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

    Mariana Cunha

  • School of Literature and Languages, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

    Antônio Márcio da Silva

About the editors

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.

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