Thursday, May 26, 2022

Book and Film Reviews

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

Chile: narrating dictatorship violence

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La mirada incendiada (The Burning Gaze, 2021) attempts to work through recent trauma, yet risks sensationalising a catastrophic event remembered by many Chileans, not least the families of the aggrieved.

Dive, Tierra Bomba, Dive

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Dive Tierra Bomba Dive, made in 2020 by The Right to Roam Films, tells the story of 19-year-old Yassandra Barrios, who emerges as the environmental leader of her Colombian island, Tierra Bomba, home to the Varadero Reef.

El Salvador’s double bind: toxic masculinity in ‘Imperdonable’

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Imperdonable is a compelling short film that condemns the hegemonic model of masculinity in El Salvador.

Voices’ strength lies in its breadth and richness

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Voices of Latin America does an excellent job of providing deeply personalized accounts of how social movements and organizations emerged and sustained themselves under difficult circumstances -- New Voices review is published in US journal Science and Society.

Toxic masculinity in Chilean schools

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In 'Animales Extintos', Lucas Quintana takes a closer look at the cultures within which machismo exists, offering a sensitively rendered vision of the toxicity of certain male friendships, and their potentially noxious consequences.

A sunflower in her hair

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A day after Marielle’s murder, Brazilian poets spontaneously posted poems about her murder and legacy on various social media accounts. These poems were then published in 2018 in a collection published by Quintal Edições titled: Um girassol nos teus cabelos – poemas para Marielle Franco.

A truer picture of Colombia’s recent history

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Nick Caistor reviews Juan Gabriel Vásquez' new novel Volver La Vista Atrás, based on the extraordinary life of director Sergio Cabrera.

The fight for land rights in Brazil’s northeast

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Itamar Vieira Júnior's multi award-winning novel gives a voice to silenced Black, Indigenous and Quilombola communities who have fought for their land rights for hundreds of years.

Peru: the lasting trauma of wartime sexual violence

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Mujer del Soldado sensitively portrays the lives of victims of sexual violence during Peru's civil war and their fight to regain dignity through sorority and a lawsuit against their assailants.

Venezuela: ‘A la calle’

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A film of ambitious scope which informs the viewer on the last three years in Venezuelan politics, while also painting an intimate and heartbreaking picture of the destruction wrought upon the lives of ordinary people.

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