Latin American Cinema

Film strip

This interdisciplinary course is an introductory study of Latin American cinema. Through the examination of films from countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Mexico (the largest film producers in the region), the course explores thematic issues related to complex socio-economic, political, historical and cultural dynamics that have shaped the region. Among other things, we discuss how films depict urban life and social relations. Issues of race and gender are directly relevant to our examination of how cinema comments on and attempts to modify how spectators self-identify. Crucial as well for the course is the question of modernization, and the challenges of globalization for the region. The course provides students with a panoramic view of Latin American societies as well as basic understanding of film language.