Human Rights, Social Movements and Activism in Contemporary Latin American Cinema

  • Mariana Cunha
  • Antônio Márcio da Silva

About this book


This edited collection explores how contemporary Latin American cinema has dealt with and represented issues of human rights, moving beyond many of the recurring topics for Latin American films. Through diverse interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches, and analyses of different audiovisual media from fictional and documentary films to digitally-distributed activist films, the contributions discuss the theme of human rights in cinema in connection to various topics and concepts.

Chapters in the volume explore the prison system, state violence, the Mexican dirty war, the Chilean dictatorship, debt, transnational finance, indigenous rights, social movement, urban occupation, the right to housing, intersectionality, LGBTT and women’s rights in the context of a number of Latin American countries. By so doing, it assesses the long overdue relation between cinema and human rights in the region, thus opening new avenues to aid the understanding of cinema’s role in social transformation.


Human Rights in Latin America Latin American Film Human Rights Film Activism and Film Human Rights Film Festivals

Editors and affiliations

  • Mariana Cunha
    • 1
  • Antônio Márcio da Silva
    • 2
  1. 1.Federal University of PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.School of Literature and LanguagesUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK

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