Cinematic Landscape and Emerging Identities in Contemporary Latin American Film offers a series of perspectives, produced from a diverse array of aesthetic and theoretical approaches, that build on previous studies about cinematic landscape and space while addressing it from a regional perspective. This book explores how contemporary Latin American filmmakers have included, created, or transformed different types of landscapes in their works. The chapters highlight the centrality of landscape as a meaningful space in film, composed in addition to the image, sound, and movement. The core of the edited collection revolves around films where landscape emerges as a crucial element to transmit the urgency of issues affecting diverse Latin American societies. The representation of emerging social actors, such as Indigenous groups, Afro-Latin Americans, LGBTQIA+ communities, migrants, environmentalists, and women, offers a localized view of sociocultural, political, and environmental challenges from marginalized and dissenting voices.
María Soledad Paz-Mackay is associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages at St. Francis Xavier University.
Argelia González Hurtado is associate professor of Spanish and Latin American studies at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Section I: Urban and Rural Landscapes
Chapter 1:Beyond Utopias: Urban Landscapes in Contemporary Venezuelan Cinema
Chapter 2: De vientres y aguas: Women and Landscape in El niño pez and El verano de los peces voladores
Sandra V. Navarro
Chapter 3: Enclaves of Entrapment: Capitalism’s Waste in Maquilapolis and 7 Prisoneiros
Andy Leonel Barrientos-Gómez
Section II: Colonial, Postcolonial, and Historical Landscapes
Chapter 4: Unraveling the Colonial Landscape in Lucrecia Martel’s Zama.
Chapter 5: Old Habits in the New Lima: Perverse Spaces in Octubre (2010) and Rosa Chumbe (2016).
Chapter 6:Exploring Bolivian Cartography in Juan Carlos Valdivia's Films: Landscapes, Crises, and Transformations
María Soledad Paz-Mackay and Argelia González Hurtado
Section III: Violence and Gendered Landscapes
Chapter 7:The Disappearing Landscape: Narratives of Displacement in Two Venezuelan Ecofeminist Documentaries
Chapter 8: Desert as a Memoryscape in El guardián de la memoria
Ana Cornide and Tatiana Navallo
Chapter 9.Close-ups of Political Violence: Faces as Affective Landscape in Magallanes (2015)
Marcos Moscoso Garay
Chapter 10:The Landscape of Confinement: Abject Exclusion in Fernando Pérez’s La pared de las palabras (2014)
Section IV: Director’s Point of Views about Cinematic Landscape
Chapter 11: In Conversation with Filmmaker Francisco Huichaqueo
Bridget V. Franco
Chapter 12: Landscapes of Haptic Visuality and Affects: A Conversation with Cuban Filmmaker Patricia Ramos
Maybel Mesa Morales
This is an excellent and timely contribution to the dynamic field of Latin American cinema studies. The researchers highlight how landscapes in contemporary cinema from the region dynamically shape the films that we see. No longer considered settings or backdrops, these authors show how these landscapes are just as important to the works as are the plots and character development. The researchers bring new perspectives to the cinematography of space in current cinema of the region.
This illuminating volume makes a convincing case for the relevance of landscape in cinema as an important aesthetic, narrative, metaphorical, metonymical, and sensorial device, while at the same time offering a fresh perspective on vital questions of identity in contemporary Latin American film. Each mobilizes the distinctive symbolism of the region to draw attention to ongoing issues of discrimination, power, and culture, with a most welcome focus on sociocultural, political, and environmental challenges from marginalized and dissenting voices. This fine collection makes an important contribution to the study of Latin American cinema and culture.