Latin American Documentary Film in the New Millennium

  • María Guadalupe Arenillas
  • Michael J. Lazzara

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. María Guadalupe Arenillas, Michael J. Lazzara
    Pages 1-19
  3. The Subjective Turn and Beyond

  4. The Ethics of Encounter

  5. Performing Truth: Memory Politics and Documentary Filmmaking

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 291-302

About this book


This book highlights the richness and heterogeneity of Latin American documentary film, deepening debates on salient themes. It addresses the “subjective turn” of the 1990s and 2000s and the move beyond it; the ethics of the encounter between the filmmaker and the subject/object of his or her gaze; and the performance of truth and memory, a particularly urgent topic as Latin American countries have transitioned from dictatorship to democracy. Nearly two decades into the new millennium, Latin American documentary film is experiencing renewed vibrancy and visibility on the global stage. While elements of the combative, politicized cinema of the 1960s and 1970s remain, the region’s production has become increasingly subjective, reflexive, and experimental; it both responds to and shapes global tendencies in the genre. This book broadens understanding of it by surveying a range of national contexts, styles, and practices.ont>


latin america documentary film cinema ethics performance subjectivity memory ethnography

Editors and affiliations

  • María Guadalupe Arenillas
    • 1
  • Michael J. Lazzara
    • 2
  1. 1.Northern Michigan UniversityDepartment of Modern Languages and LiterMarquetteUSA
  2. 2.Department of Spanish and PortugueseUniversity of California DavisDavisUSA

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