Indigenous filmmaking in Latin America

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Abstract / Description of output

This chapter offers an overview of the rich and growing body of Indigenous film from Latin America. The formation of the Coordinadora [then Consejo] Latinoamericana de Cine y Video de los Pueblos Indígenas (CLACPI, Latin American Coordinating Council for Indigenous Film and Media) in Mexico City in 1985 was a pivotal moment for the development of the field, and the organization has evolved in light of the increasing participation of Indigenous mediamakers in its running. The points of connection between the schools of ethnographic filmmaking, Third Cinema and the New Latin American Cinema of the 1960s and 1970s would to a large degree influence the transnational exhibition circuits that sustain Indigenous film in the region, alongside the oral and dramatic traditions which feed into the aesthetics and methodology of Indigenous filmmaking. This chapter offers an expanded genealogy of Indigenous film and video, which locates the category historically and encompasses antecedent artistic and narrative forms as genres of Indigenous aesthetics which underpin much of the filmic work produced in the region today.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Latin American Cinema
EditorsMaria M Delgado, Stephen M Hart, Randal Johnson
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781118557525, 9781118557396, 9781118557556
ISBN (Print)9781118552889
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • indigenous filmmaking
  • nuevo cine latinoamericano
  • film festivals
  • cosmology
  • film authorship
  • intertextuality


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