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Towards a Latin American feminist cinema

Cervera Ferrer, L; (2021) Towards a Latin American feminist cinema. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media , 20 pp. 150-165. 10.33178/alpha.20.11. Green open access

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Abstract

This article contextualises and characterises the history and film production of the Colombian feminist film collective Cine Mujer, and analyses how its collective and collaborative practices challenged auteurism. From 1978 to the late 1990s, Cine Mujer produced several short films, documentaries, series, and videos, and acted as a distribution company of Latin American women’s cinema. Its twenty years of activity possibly make it one of the world’s longest-lasting feminist film collectives. Yet, its history is largely unknown in Colombia and abroad. Thus, the question that motivates this article is related to how to inscribe Cine Mujer in film history without uncritically reproducing the methodologies that cast a shadow on women’s cinema. Throughout its trajectory, Cine Mujer transitioned from being an independent cinematic project interested in artistic experimentation to a media organization that produced educational videos commissioned by governmental and global institutions and often targeted at marginalised women. Based on interviews conducted with some of the Cine Mujer members, the Cine Mujer’s catalogues, and its films and videos, I organise Cine Mujer’s corpus of work in three main modes of production that disrupt the role of the auteur and the centrality of the director.

Type: Article
Title: Towards a Latin American feminist cinema
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.33178/alpha.20.11
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.33178/alpha
Language: English
Additional information: © Lorena Cervera Ferrer This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10133763
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