9:30 am to 12:30 pm
The seminar focuses on the representation of Latin American society through contemporary films. We will examine how class, gender and history are depicted by film directors from México, Argentina, Perú and Chile. The seminar will provide an overview of the role of films in Latin America and how they have served to shape and challenge national identity and modernity by highlighting political and economic tensions within socially hierarchical societies. We will examine a set of questions that will help us ground the discussion: What images and symbolic representations does film provide on contemporary Latin American society? What are the most relevant cultural and social issues? What is the role of women in contemporary society? Are there differences across countries? Is democracy a reality or a dream?