Friday, April 12, 2024

Reviews

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

‘The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future’: a grim...

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Chilean director Francisca Alegria’s surreal debut film is a 90-minute magical realist eco-fable that was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

Five films by Latin American women to see in 2023

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Five top films directed by Latin American women, in celebration of International Women's Day. Including The Eternal Memory by Maite Alberdi.

A visual chronicle of Venezuela’s downfall

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Adriana Loureiro Fernández is a Venezuelan photojournalist documenting everyday life in her home country. Here, Ines Fernandez-Pontes offers a profile of the photojournalist and a deeper dive into her photographic series Paraíso Perdido.

Mexico: the ‘efecto corruptor’

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Netflix docu-series 'A Kidnapping Scandal: The Florence Cassez Affair' sheds light on one of Mexico's most controversial corruption cases –without glorifying the horror experienced.

This Stolen Country of Mine: Neo-Colonialism in Ecuador

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This Stolen Country of Mine is a gripping documentary following resistance leader Paúl Jarrín and investigative journalist Fernando Villavicencio, as they fight to stop...

Marginalized voices of Carnaval de Baranquilla

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Through secretly filmed performances with members of marginalized communities – including Indigenous, queer, and Afro-Colombian people – La Nave provides a unique insight into the Carnaval de Barranquilla, northern Colombia’s biggest cultural event. 

Marighella: resisting Brazil’s military dictatorship

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Elite Squad and Narcos star Wagner Moura presents an emotive portrait of Afro-Brazilian writer-politician Carlos Marighella – a force de resistance against the 1960s military dictatorship and an inspirational icon for revolutionaries across the globe.

Brazil: tread gently on the earth

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Director Marcos Colón has made a remarkable film about the Amazon, charting how in three countries, Brazil, Peru and Colombia, 'modernity' means exploitation and destruction. He interviews indigenous leaders with a very different vision.

Los Reyes Del Mundo: an epic tale of modern Colombia

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Los reyes del mundo (The Kings of the World dir. Laura Mora, 2022), charismatically dances the line where hate for the world and love for life meet. It is full of action, poetry, wild cinematography, and transmits a pertinent social message.

‘Argentina, 1985’

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Argentina, 1985 (dir. Santiago Mitre, 2022) recreates the most significant court case in Argentine history – the Trial of the Juntas – which aimed to bring Argentina’s military dictatorship to justice following the country’s return to democracy in 1983.

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