This initiative maps vital creative currents connecting filmmakers throughout Latin America while also exploring the fertile dialogue taking place more broadly between documentary and fiction filmmaking, as well as between cinema, literature and the visual arts. Special attention is given to these intersections in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay. While focused on the contemporary moment, this initiative also looks to the historic past by seeking to understand the deep and continued influence of key films, directors and movements, especially from the post-1968 period.
Inspired by an eponymous course co-taught in Fall 2020 by Haden Guest, Senior Lecturer in Art, Film and Visual Studies, and Chilean filmmaker and AFVS Visiting Professor Dominga Sotomayor, Remapping Latin American Cinema will launch with an event hosted in Chile; a film screening and conversations featuring participants of the courses, including students and visiting filmmakers. A series of virtual and in-person events will take place on campus focused on contemporary Chilean film and video and in conjunction with a seminar on that topic taught by Guest and Sotomayor. A feature of Remapping Latin American Cinema will be the regular participation by Latin American artists and scholars and collaboration with cinematheques and universities across the region.