‘Santiago Rising’

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“I wanted to capture what was happening in Chile and to pay homage to the strength and commitment of the Chilean people. They are taking on neo-liberalism and a militarised state with stones and trumpets. This is a lesson for the rest of the world, we can learn so much from them."
The orator and community leader was having lunch in La Apartada in Córdoba on January 15, 2021 when he was shot multiple times before being pronounced dead. His murder is being investigated.

No carnival in Recife

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Covid must be bad in Brazil, even carnivals are being postponed. My favourite, Recife, will not take place in February. A new date of 9–17 July has been set, but even this may be cancelled.

Chile: The Mole Agent

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Award-winning Chilean documentary filmmaker Maite Alberdi unveils her new documentary 'The Mole Agent', which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has been met with veneration from critics. Unusual, stylish and poignant, the film will be released in the UK on 11 December.
In recent years, this highest award in the filmmaking business has been kind to Latin American filmmakers, especially Mexican directors: Since 2014 five directing awards were won by Alfonso Cuarón (for Gravity in 2014 and Roma in 2019), Alejandro González Iñárritu (for Birdman in 2015 and The Revenant in 2016), and Guillermo del Toro (for The Shape of Water in 2018). The Oscars 2021 submissions from Latin America are:
EmpoderArte, a Peruvian-based NGO which offers a decentralised film education to women, Karoline organises and runs workshops up and down Peru, mobilising hundreds of women to discover and embrace the emancipatory power of storytelling.
A virtual dialogue was organised to discuss Alba Griffin's new chapter in Pedagogías de la disidencia en América Latina, titled ‘No Somos Falsos Somos Positivos: teorías vernáculas sobre la violencia política y cotidiana en el puente del grafitero’.
© Luis Bustamente
Luis Bustamante's images of Chile's estallido social - which began on October 18, 2019, now a whole year ago - speak for themselves. Most were taken of protesters in Santiago around Plaza Baquedano, renamed by protestors as Plaza de la Diginidad. Others cover graffiti and stencil work that popped up during this period, taken in a range of Chilean cities.
There’s still time to catch a number of short films from indigenous Latin American filmmakers at Native Spirit Festival: the UK’s first and only annual independent festival to promote indigenous filmmakers, media and artists.

Mafalda was a revolutionary

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Feminism, the media, communism and consumerism, Vietnam –  Quino’s strip-cartoon Mafalda managed to address all these issues from the innocent, but incisive, perspective of a six-year-old girl. The death of Argentinan cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón (1932-2020), best known as Quino, has silenced one of the most famous critics of Latin American and world politics and society. Although he had...

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