Cine Latinoamericano Season
23 Jan 2019
This Spring marks a new series of film screenings co-hosted by the University of Kent’s School of European Cultures and Languages and Gulbenkian, and generously supported by the Society for Latin American Studies. The screenings have been organised to connect with growing Latin American expertise and research at the University of Kent.
Introductions to the films by renowned academic speakers will make connections between themes stretching across cultural, geographic and linguistic boundaries and making connections between local and international concerns such as gender, class, violence, social inequality, nationalism and migration.
Zama, Friday 25th January – Introduced by Dr Paul Merchant
Dr Paul Merchant is Lecturer in Latin American studies at the University of Bristol. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on 20th and 21st century Latin American film and visual culture, with a particular emphasis on the countries of the Southern Cone and Bolivia. He is the co-editor (with Lucy Bollington) of the forthcoming volume The Limits of the Human in Latin American Culture.
Wild Tales, Friday 22nd February – Introduced by Dr Joey Whitfield
Dr Joey Whitfield is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Cardiff University, where he teaches and researches 20th and 21st century Latin American literature and film. Most of his work is about the relationship between culture, crime and punishment. Dr Whitfield’s 2018 book, Prison Writing of Latin America (2018), is a study of Latin American prison writing which compares texts written by ‘political’ and ‘criminal’ prisoners from Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, Bolivia and Brazil.
City of God, Friday 22nd March – Introduced by Professor Stephanie Dennison
Professor Stephanie Dennison has published a number of books on Brazilian, Latin American and World Cinema, including the recent Remapping Brazilian Film Culture in the 21st Century. She was the Primary Investigator of the AHRC-funded project Soft Power, Cinema and the BRICS, and Co-Investigator of Voicing Hidden Histories; the projects resulted in the publication of several articles and book chapters and the production of short films by Professor Dennison.