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4 day lecture series by Richard Peña

Presented by the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in collaboration with Columbia Global Centers l Mumbai

10th -14th March 2017

A special 4 day film lecture series on film movements in Latin America in countries such as Brazil, Cuba and Argentina since the 1950s. Conducted by Richard Peña, professor of Film Studies at Columbia University and former Director of the New York Film Festival.

About the programme:

The uniqueness of Latin American culture lay in having the status of being both “insider” and “outsider” to Western culture. Being both part of the West and distanced from it, Latin America has been in a remarkable position to offer critiques and reassessments of western cultural forms, including in the cinema. Each session will begin with an overview of Latin American in a particular period, followed by an introduction to a particular film. After each screening, the film will be analyzed and related to the cinematic, historical and political issues being addressed.

All films would be screened with English subtitles.


10th March, Friday | 5 pm - 8 pm
11th March, Saturday | 10.30 am - 1.30 pm and 3 pm - 6 pm
12th March, Sunday | 10.30 am - 1.30 pm
13th March- HOLIDAY (Holi)
14th March, Tuesday | 5 pm - 8 pm

Films included:

LOS OLVIDADOS, 1950, Luis Buñuel, Mexico
EARTH ENTRANCED, 1967, Glauber Rocha, Brazil
PORTRAIT OF TERESA, 1979, Pastor Vega, Cuba
LA CIENAGA, 2001, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina
RODRIGO D. -- NO FUTRE, 1990, Victor Gaviria, Colombia


Details about the films:

LOS OLVIDADOS, 1950, Luis Buñuel, Mexico

Spanish exile and surrealist Buñuel joined the then burgeoning Mexican film industry in the late Forties and soon created perhaps its unquestionable masterpiece. A searing, revealing look at a group of street kids in Mexico City, LOS OLVIDADOS went beyond the neorealist aim of exposing poverty and injustice to include a powerful and shocking portrait of the deeper emotional lives of these young men.

EARTH ENTRANCED, 1967, Glauber Rocha, Brazil

Internationally, the Sixties featured a number of "new wave" film movements, composed of young filmmakers who challenged cinema establishments with their new, radical approaches to filmmaking and politics. Perhaps none of these "new waves" was more remarkable than Brazil's "Cinema Novo," (New Cinema); Glauber Rocha's EARTH ENTRANCED is perhaps the quintessential Cinema Novo work, a vibrant, emotional portrait of an artist who throws himself into the political maelstrom of his times.

PORTRAIT OF TERESA, 1979, Pastor Vega, Cuba

Cuba created the region's first fully nationalized cinema, one that saw itself as having a key role in the creation and education of a revolutionary society. Pastor Vega's PORTRAIT OF TERESA tackles one of the Cuban's most troublesome topics--the role of women and the changes that had been wrought on gender roles by the Revolution--with a complexity and insight that had Cuban audiences erupting into passionate debates after many screenings.

LA CIENAGA, 2001, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina

After practically disappearing in the early Nineties, Latin American cinema triumphantly re-emerged by the end of the decade. Argentina led the charge, with a movement of young filmmakers working largely in digital formats and who offered not only a host of new cinematic approaches but also revelations of totally new regions and subjects. Lucrecia Martel's LA CIENAGA (THE SWAMP) was hailed as that movement's first great masterpiece, an unsparing look at the disintegration of middle-class family spending its summer in the lush, almost jungle-like region that separates Argentina from Bolivia.

RODRIGO D. -- NO FUTRE, 1990, Victor Gaviria, Colombia

By the Nineties, filmmaking had become a truly regional phenomenon, with many new countries, and new filmmakers, emerging to add their voices and reveal their experiences. The drug war then raging in central Colombia inspired one of the era's true masterworks, Victor Gaviria's RODRIGO D -- NO FUTURE, a breathtaking, punk-flavored chronicle of a group of young men living on the fringes on the fringes of the narcotics trade.

Click HERE to know more about Professor Richard Peña


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