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Latin American geo-political struggles in Canadian documentaries production

Author(s): Anelise Reich Corseuil

Journal: Ilha do Desterro
ISSN 0101-4846

Issue: 56;
Start page: 137;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Documentary | Metalanguage | Representation

This paper analyzes two contemporary Canadian documentaries about Latin American history, specifically the ways in which the films provide an aesthetics of resistance to stereotypical and homogeneous representations of Latin American countries. Canadian documentaries on the history and the people of third world countries not only document Latin American countries but also criticize the conflicting relationships and forms of representation involved in the making of the documentary, revealing the documentary as a narrative form in its making of Latin American subjects and histories. Within this theoretical context, the study here proposed analyses two documentaries about Latin-American geopolitical conflicts. The World is Watching: Inside the News (1988), a British-Canadian production directed by Jim Munro and Peter Raymond, and a Place Called Chiapas, a Canadian production, directed by Nettie Wild (1998).
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