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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MFC1011 Module Title: FILMS FROM LATIN AMERICA
Module Provider: Dance,Film & Theatre Short Name: MFC1011
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: BLANCO BORELLI M Dr (Dnc Flm Thtr)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern

Research essay 70%

Class presentation 30%

Module Overview

This module introduces students to the cinema of Latin . It is the first of three modules, one at each level, in which the study of world cinema is developed through a focus on a particular region, its contribution to film history, and the relationships between cultural, political, and cinematic history.








Module Aims

       To introduce analytical, historical, critical and contextual approaches to the study of film from various Latin American countries 

To position representational strategy as a mode of critical thinking 

            cultivate a deep-rooted understanding of filmmaking in Latin America ;

      Equip her or him with a wide range of ideas and a vocabulary to talk and write about these modes of filmmaking with confidence; 

Show how the films are studied--thematic analysis--, and related to other art forms; 

Gain an understanding of these films' integral relationship to the Latin American social, economic, and political context.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able:

to accurately relate and evaluate how films can be read as critical visual texts; 

reflect critically on historical representation and contextualization in cinema; 

have a clearer understanding of the history, culture, and socio-economic realities of Latin America .








Module Content

      The module will consider the socio-cultural and historical valences of Latin American film production. 

The module will examine how to read culture through filmic representative strategies
The module will enable students to use theoretical material related to identity politics (race, class, gender, sexuality, et. al) as well as themes such as exile, emigration, feminism, transnational, magical realism for filmic analysis.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

10 Lecture/Seminars, web-based discussion groups, student-led discussions/presentations






Selected Texts/Journals

Required reading: 

Barnard, Tim and Peter Rist, eds. South American Cinema: A Critical Filmography, 1915-1994. New York: Garland Pub, 1996. 

Burns, E. Bradford. Latin American Cinema Film and History. UCLA Latin American Studies: V. 26: Los Angeles: UCLA Latin American Center , University of California , 1975. 

Elena, Alberto and Marina Díaz Lopez (eds). The Cinema of Latin America . London : Wallflower Press, 2003. 

King, John.
Magical Reels: A History of Cinema in Latin America London : Verso, 1990; 2000.

King, John, Ana M. López and Manuel Alvarado, eds., Mediating Two Worlds: Cinematic Encounters in the . London : British Film Institute, 1993.



Martin, Michael T. (ed) The New Latin American Cinema, vols 1 and 2, Wayne State University Press, 1998.

Noriega, Chon A. Visible Nations: Latin American Cinema and Video. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000.

Pick, Zuzana. The New Latin American Cinema: A Continental Project. Austin: Texas UP, 1993.

Shaw, Deborah (ed). Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Breaking into the Global Market. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.

Stevens, Donald Fithian, ed. Based on a True Story: Latin American History at the Movies.

Latin American Silhouettes. Wilmington : SR Books, 1997.

Selection of Films (Not limited to these):


Argentine Way
( 1941)

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Aventurera ( 1945)

María Candelaria ( 1943)

Danzón ( 1992)

Memories of Underdevelopment ( 1968)

Quilombo ( 1984)

Viva Zapata ( 1952)

Machuca (Chile 2004)

The Official Story ( 1985)

Camila ( 1984)

The Last Supper ( 1979)

María Full of Grace (Colombia 2003)

Strawberry and Chocolate ( 1995)

Los Olvidados (The Young and Damned) ( 1950)

City of God (Brazil 2006)

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Last Updated
21st July 2010.