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Louis Bayman and Natália Pinazza

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421836

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421836.001.0001

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Colonialism in Latin American Road Movies

Colonialism in Latin American Road Movies

(p.235) Chapter 14 Colonialism in Latin American Road Movies
Journeys on Screen

Natália Pinazza

Edinburgh University Press

Since the 1990s there has been a marked increase in Latin American road movies. The adoption of this internationally recognised genre has enabled those films to be considered part of, and in dialogue with, global cinema. This paper analyses a selected body of contemporary Latin American films and the ways in which colonialism and its legacy inform the dramatic structure of the journey, examining the extent to which they create a distinctive cinematic language.  The specificities of Latin American cinema will be teased out with reference to texts and films of the region’s cinematic tradition in my examination of the road movie’s global situatedness. Here the theme of colonialism, both physical and cultural, is particularly instrumental in identifying tropes and predominant concerns in cinematic journeys set in Latin American countries, whose historical experience of a “third world” and “underdeveloped” status is negotiated in the context of a changing global economic order. The second part of this paper will pay particular attention to the ways in which Embrace of the Serpent/El Abrazo de la serpiente (Ciro Guerra, 2015) uses journeys to denounce historical colonialism and engage with more contemporary and global discourses on eco-criticism.

Keywords:   Latin American Cinema, Road Movies, Colonialism, Genre, Globalisation

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