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.
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).
Introduction Deborah Martin and Deborah ShawPreface: Performing the Impossible in Plain SightB. Ruby RichPart 1: Industrial Contexts Chapter 1. Beyond Difference: Female Participation in the Brazilian Film Revival of the 1990sLucia NagibChapter 2. Through Female Eyes: Reframing Peru on ScreenSarah BarrowChapter 3. "Parando la olla documental": Women and Contemporary Chilean Documentary Film Claudia Bossay and Maria-Paz PeiranoPart II: Representations Chapter 4. Beyond the Spitfire: Re-visioning Latinas in Sylvia Morales' A Crushing Love Catherine LeenChapter 5. Intimacy and Distance: Domestic Servants in Latin American Women's Cinema: La mujer sin cabeza/The Headless Woman and El nino pez/The Fish Child Deborah ShawChapter 6. Women's filmmaking and comedy in Brazil: Anna Muylaert's Durval Discos and E Proibido FumarLeslie Marsh Chapter 7. Young women at the margins: Discourses on exclusion in two films by Solveig Hoogesteijn Constanza Burucua Part III: Key AgentsChapter 8. Re-Framing Mexican Women's Filmmaking: The case of Marcela Fernandez Violante Niamh Thornton Chapter 9. Bertha Navarro and the Remapping of Latin American Cinema: Markets, Aesthetics, Cultural PoliticsMarvin D'LugoChapter 10. Planeta cienaga: Lucrecia Martel and Contemporary Argentine Women's FilmmakingDeborah Martin