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

Tomasa Tito Condemayta depicted in new film

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Whilst Túpac Amaru II is hailed as the hero of the 1780 Andean Rebellion against the Spanish in Peru, little is known about Tomasa Tito Condemayta. Maria Herrera Badell's new short film is a ‘false’ documentary with truth at its heart.

Abortion rights at the Texas/Mexico border

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Shot in McAllen, Texas, the home of Whole Woman’s Health, the last open abortion clinic in the region, Leah Galant and Maya Cueva’s insightful and humane documentary chronicles the lives of three individuals existing at the heart of the tensions that surround abortion rights towards the end of the Trump administration

Bia Lessa – Brazilian director and artist

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A film about Brazilian performing artist/director Bia Lessa is one of a series called Onde Nascem As Ideias, directed by Carolina Sá. The films are being screened online by Cine Latino

An intimate look at investigative journalism in Mexico

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Hunter N Johnson’s impactful short documentary takes an intimate look at the role of investigative journalism in the context of Mexico’s widespread abductions and forced disappearances.

Attempted murder of Pinochet depicted in animated video ‘El Melocotón’

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New animated music video depicts Chilean guerilla organisation Manuel Rodríguez Patriotic Front's 1986 assassination attempt against General Augusto Pinochet.

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.

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