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

  • Mariana Cunha
  • Antônio Márcio da Silva
  • Focuses on a variety of themes concerning human rights and activism through the lens of cinema studies, and provides close readings of contemporary films that have often been overlooked in connection to these issues

  • Covers a range of topics and countries in Latin America, serving to open new avenues for debate and inform potential readers of the specificities of the continents’ nations

  • Positioned to have a transnational appeal beyond the Latin American context


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 latin american politics

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

About the editors

Mariana Cunha is a postdoctoral research fellow (CAPES) at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. She holds a PhD from Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and has published articles on cinematic space, landscape, nature, Brazilian and global contemporary cinema. She co-edited the volume Space and Subjectivity in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Antônio Márcio da Silva is Associate Lecturer at the University of Surrey and Queen Mary University of London, UK. His publications include the co-edited collection Space and Subjectivity in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), the monograph The ‘Femme’ Fatale in Brazilian Cinema: Challenging Hollywood Norms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and a number of articles.

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