Fall 2019

The Politics of Intimacy in Recent Latin American Films

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-431


Maria H. Rueda (Section 01)


Since the early 2000s many Latin American filmmakers have turned their attention to intimate spaces and situations, avoiding stories that are overtly political. This course will look at films within this tendency, to inquire how they still make an intervention in today’s Latin American political landscape. Some films focus exclusively on the personal emotions of the protagonists. Others pay attention to the social circumstances in which those emotions unfold. Students will reflect on the connections between these two approaches, with the support of theoretical readings. The class will look in particular at films dealing with experiences of loss and mourning, either from personal tragedy or from events that affected a whole nation. Most of the films will come from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Perú, four countries where this tendency is tied to films that tackle critical political events from the late twentieth century. All films will be studied within the broader regional context. Conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 202, SPAN 301, or consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Fall Semester. Visiting Professor Rueda.

If Overenrolled: Preference to Spanish majors.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Research, Attention to Writing, Languages Other Than English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2019