Contemporary Latin American Cinema (SML2004)

15 credits

In this module you will explore some of the most significant films that have emerged in Latin America since the mid-1990s, a period marked by the formation of Mercosur, the consolidation of democracy and neoliberalism. It is designed to enable students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds such as Modern Languages, English, History, Politics and Philosophy to engage critically with the social context and production conditions of Latin American films, as well as critical national and transnational issues. Prior experience of film study is not necessary. The focus of the module is on how Latin American films articulate certain tropes, and how films deal with narratives of nationhood whilst simultaneously inserting themselves into a transnational dialogue. Major themes include the family unit, filmmaking practices, globalization and genre.

The module can count towards Spanish or Portuguese in the BA Modern Languages, providing students satisfy the relevant requirements in their assessment. Students do not need to speak both Portuguese and Spanish.