Sunday, August 14, 2022

Book and Film Reviews

Here, LAB contributors reflect on the books and films speaking up for social and environmental justice in Latin America.

70s Cuba and Bolivia on film

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The 1960s and ‘70s were a period of revolution, anti-imperialist struggle, and nation-building. Two films which represent and analyse this period in Latin America are Yawar Mallku (Blood of the Condor) and De cierta manera (One Way or Another).

Brazil: reaction vs progress

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Professor David Treece reviews Jan Rocha's chronicle of her years reporting for the BBC on Brazil during the military dictatorship

New books from LAB authors

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LAB authors have published three new books - on indigenous communities vs extractive industries in Ecuador; and on the military dictatorship, torture and human rights in Brazil

Female friendship and resilience in the face of violence in Guerrero

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Tatiana Huezo's Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de fuego, 2021) is a Mexican drama about female friendship and resilience in the face of violence in Guerrero, Mexico.

‘Revolutionary Dreams’: first-hand account of repression under Pinochet

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Revolutionary Dreams, a new film by Dan Philips and Malcolm Boorer, tells the story of a Chilean young family’s escape from Pinochet’s fascist regime to Wales.

International Festival of Human Rights Films

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Miradas Diversas is the International Festival of Cinema about Human Rights, being held in Caracas, Venezuela, from 2-12 December 2021. Entries include Lat Libertad no Tiene Fronteras, a documentary short by LAB partner Ojos Ilegales

Is Mexico City’s police force as bad as its reputation?

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Alonso Ruizpalacios’ latest feature film 'A Cop Movie' defies expectations about the Mexico City Police and gets to the core of the force’s role in society.  

The shrinking land of the people of lightning

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The collaborative work of 10 indigenous filmmakers, this short film offers an insight into the lives of the Avá group of Guarani-Kaiowá people in Brazil, whose land is shrinking and whose lives are increasingly threatened by outside influences.

Traditional Mixtec life through a female gaze

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A pensive and often sombre film, Nudo Mixteco offers a unique insight into women’s experiences in a traditional Mixtec village and upholds the power of listening.

Costa Rica: women, sex and the natural world

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Clara Sola takes an imaginative look at a woman’s release from the social constraints that shape her life, through her unique connection to the natural world.

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