New Cinema of Latin America

Directed by Michael Chanan 1983.


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This two-part documentary made for the UK’s Channel 4 in 1983, is now an historic document of the first twenty-five years of a continental movement which revolutionised cinema.

Part I, Cinema of the Humble (83mns) traces the evolution of its theoretical and aesthetic positions, and focuses on the development of cinema in Cuba and Nicaragua.
Part II, The Long Road (85mns) examines the development of new forms of representation, repression against filmmakers, and the emergence of a new women’s cinema.

Featured film-makers include Fernando Birri, T.G.Alea, Julio García Espinosa, Octavio Getino, Jorge Sanjinés, Jorge Silva and Marta Rodríguez, Carlos Diegues, Mario Handler and others.

Outstanding Nonprint Material, Choice (American Library Association)
“…a unique and important resource… [with] an enormous amount of information… an admirable, complex effort.”–Library Journal
“…informative, thorough, and well-paced… Highly recommended for appropriate college classes, and for university libraries building collections on the history of cinema.”– Choice (American Library Association)