Intersectionality as a Human Rights Issue in Contemporary Latin American Queer Cinema

  • Antônio Márcio da Silva


Departing from discussions on intersectionality, this chapter analyses a sample of Latin American films in regard to debates about queer human rights in the region. The chapter first focuses on the issues of race, social class and gender violence (i.e. homophobia) in the Venezuelan film Pelomalo/Bad Hair (Mariana Rondón, 2013). It then discusses social class, gender and sexuality in the Cuban film La partida/The Last Match (Antonio Hens, 2013) and the Venezuelan film Desde allá/From Afar (Lorenzo Vigas, 2015). Lastly, it examines physical and symbolic violence against transwomen and their fight for the right “to live, succeed and be fabulous” in Brazilian intermedial short film Blasfêmea (Linn da Quebrada and Marcelo Caetano, 2017). Hence, by looking at the aesthetics and narratives of these films, this chapter contends that more recent queer films have been more aware of intersectional issues and the impact these have on queer human rights.


Queer cinema Transgender rights Gay for pay Homophobia Gay rights Activism 


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  • Antônio Márcio da Silva
    • 1
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  1. 1.School of Literature and LanguagesUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK
  2. 2.Queen Mary University of LondonLondonUK

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