Latin American Cinema: Race, Nation and Representation (SMLM236)

30 credits

When we think of ‘Latin American cinema’, whom do we picture? What language do we hear? The image of Latin America as a predominantly white or mestizo, Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking area is an enduring legacy of European colonialism, often rendering invisible the indigenous and Afro-descendent communities. However, recent successes from Latin America, such as the award-winning Roma and Embrace of the Serpent, have brought indigenous languages and experiences to screens across the world, while films like Bad Hair have drawn attention to endemic racism. 

In this module, we will explore how recent films from across Latin America raise these key issues and the responses that these films provoke among critics and viewers.

Knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese is helpful but not necessary.