UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2017

160 - 001 | CCN: 44730

National Cinema

Natalia Brizuela

4 Units

 This class will explore the idea of a committed cinema in Latin America, focusing on the 1960/1970’s and the present day. It will compare these two historical periods to the industrial and commercial film and media that these two moments were in opposition to: the moments of political, independent and committed cinema will be contrasted to examples of the Studio system productions of the 1940’s and 1950’s (that followed the Hollywood model quite closely) and the massive genre film industry that emerged in Latin America in the 1980’s, as the wave of revolutionary ideals –both in society and in cinema- faded. The class will study some of the now classics that articulated the first wave of political cinema in the 1960’s, among them Memories of UnderdevelopmentLand in AnguishThe Courage of the PeopleMan Marked to Die– from Cuba, Brazil, and Bolivia. From the contemporary moment, the class will study some of the key figures of the New Wave of Latin American Cinema- -Paz Encina (Paraguay), Albertina Carri (Argentina), Lourdes Portillo (USA), Lucrecia Martel (Argentina), Alejandro Landes (Colombia) and Lisandro Alonso (Argentina).