Project: Brazilian Films Interpreting Urban Social Inequalities
Esther Hamburger is Professor of the Department of Film, Radio and Television of the School of Communication Arts at the University of São Paulo. She holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Chicago and has published in a wide range of journals and book anthologies. She published O Brasil atenado, a study of the Brazilian telenovela. More recent work deals with telenovela's interpretations of Brazil, and with the relations between these soaps and gender relations. Research-in-progress includes expressions of violence, race, and poverty, in contemporary Brazilian film, television and the internet, with an approach that encompasses aesthetic forms, and modes of exhibition. This work analyzes the ways in which films have come to play a strategic role in the expression of the Brazilian social inequality, including recent work on Swedish film director Arne Sucksdorff. She is currently vice -director of CINUSP Paulo Emilio, and coordinator of the Laboratory of Audiovisual Investigation and Critique (LAICA). Research interests include education, culture industry, criticism, theory, and history of modern and contemporary audiovisual forms, gender relations, television, cinema and digital media.