Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Reviews

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

Staying true to the victims of the Argentine dictatorship

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This new documentary by Ulises de la Orden takes us to the heart of the courtroom using original footage from Argentina’s post-dictatorship trials. The...

Cartonera publishing in Latin America

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In this joyful and comprehensive study, Lucy Bell, Alex Ungprateeb Flynn, and Patrick O’Hare immerse readers in the colourful world of cartonera, a publishing phenomenon that has swept across Latin America over the past two decades. 

Transfariana: the love story that helped ‘queer’ Colombia’s peace process

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Transfariana, a new documentary by director Joris Lachaise, explores a transitional period in Colombia’s history through the lens of trans identity. It focuses on the unexpected collaboration between the since-disbanded FARC group and the trans activist movement in Colombia.

Preserving memory in post-dictatorship Argentina

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'The photos of the disappeared belong to all of us.’ This is one of the phrases that opens Piotr Cieplak’s documentary (Dis) Appear about the last civic-military dictatorship that took place in Argentina.

Vale? Is it worth it?

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Documentary film about artistic responses to Brazil's worst environmental crimes: the Brumadinho disaster and Mariana tailings dam collapses, for which megamining company, Vale, is responsible.

Chileans of the North

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Chileans of the North is an exceptional documentary which charts the experiences of Chilean refugees who arrived in Sheffield in the 1970s, their reception by and impact on the local labour movement and the importance of solidarity for refugee resettlement.

Pakucha: Andean cosmovision and Aymara rituals

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This new documentary film depicts an Aymara community in Peru’s Puno region as they celebrate a fertility ritual in honour of Pakucha: the spirit of the alpaca that lives in the Andes.

Searching for the disappeared of the Southern Cone dictatorships

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Tricia Feeney contextualises the work of CLAMOR, an organization co-founded by Jan Rocha dedicated to defending human rights in the countries of the Southern Cone.

Nano Stern sings Víctor Jara at the Jazz Café 

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We are at the Jazz Café to celebrate Jara’s life and I can't think of anyone better to do this with than Nano Stern, Chilean singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and the heir to the Nueva canción tradition.

La Pampa: The horrors of illegal gold mining

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This impactful drama from Peruvian director Dorian Fernández Moris recounts life for women in the hellish La Pampa, an illegal gold mining site in the Peruvian Amazon.

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