LA Film Manifestos - Deadline January 15 - Conference March 17-18

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Cinema Novo/New Worlds:

Latin American Cinema and Film Manifestos Conference

University of Toronto

March 17-18, 2014

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Glauber Rocha's film manifesto Aesthetic of Hunger (1965), and the importance of Cinema Novo as a major influence on film history, the University of Toronto is pleased to host this international conference on Latin American cinema in March 2015.

Keynote Speaker: Ismail Xavier (University of São Paulo, Brazil)

The manifestos for a new cinema that are central to the Cinema Novo movement called into being not only a different kind of filmmaking, but also a new world. This conference calls for explorations and assessments of the legacy of these manifestos that were at the core of one the most avant-gardist and political moments of film history. The artistic and political impact of this movement was enormous. Glauber Rocha published two film manifestos: "Aesthetics of Hunger" (1965) and "Aesthetics of Dream" (1969). At this moment, Latin America was the site of an explosion of militant cinema theory and practice. This cultural activism accompanied progressive political movements throughout the continent. Many other manifestos echoed in this period such as "Manifesto of the New Cinema Group" in Mexico 1961, "Cinema and Underdevelopment" by Fernando Birri in Argentina 1962, "For an Imperfect Cinema" by Julio Garcia Espinosa in Cuba 1969 and "Towards a Third Cinema" and "Militant Cinema" by Fernando Solanas and Octavio Gettino in Argentina 1969.

The films produced by the Cinema Novo directors introduced to the world a new image for Latin American cinema beyond the parodies and imitation of Hollywood films. Even today, these films continue to be an important and influential reference for filmmakers, and they are a source of fascination for cinephiles around the world. Fifty years ago, Cinema Novo's manifestos envisioned a new cinema and a new world. We seek papers that engage with both manifestos and with Latin American cinema from the 60s to today.

- What kinds of films were produced and how has filmic practice changed because of the ideas proposed and declared in the 1960s?

- What kinds of experiments in cinematic production and in political activism have been facilitated and which have been consigned to the garbage heap of history? – How do contemporary manifestoes echo and resonate with the powerful manifestoes of Cinema Novo?

- How do we characterize the contemporary socio-political film environment?

- Who are the filmmakers doing LA cinema politics today, and how are they defined by countries/cultures/politically unstable regions?

- Has Latin American cinema acquired more varied socio-political/diversified/ definitions and representations, instead of merely new definitions?

- Funding and distribution Issues—Who controls the power—in terms of production and distribution? And thus, the ideological/political control? Old questions—today's possible answers?

- How the idea of Third cinema still stands today in Latin America film industry?


Send an Abstract (300 words) and Brief Bio-CV (100 words maximum) by January 15, 2015 to hudson.moura @ Each proposal must include title, name(s), affiliation, institutional address and email addresses of the author(s). Proceedings will be published as part of a journal's special issue.