Contemporary Latin American Cinema: The Dirty War in Argentina, 1976-83
Analysis of seven documentary and fiction films from Argentina addressing the political repression under the dictatorships of 1973-1985, including the torture and disappearance of political prisoners, and the movement to recuperate kidnapped children of the disappeared and to hold the torturers responsible for their crimes. Students will present a group oral presentation, take quizzes, and write one three-to-four-page analytical essay, based on research and close reading of films and criticism. Those enrolled in the Spanish portion of the course should write and do half of their research in Spanish. Films: Spoils of War, The Official Story, Kamchatka, Trelew, Chronicle of an Escape, Cautiva, and The Secret in their Eyes.