Trends in Contemporary

Latin American Cinema

Organized by Observatorio de Las Américas.


This is a free course.


The purpose of this series of workshops is to showcase contemporary film production in the Americas through a thematic discussion including Queer Cinema, Documentary, and Latin American Third Cinema (Tercer Cine). The objective of the course is to formulate a contemporary appreciation of these movies using a combination of cultural critique and experiential learning through dialogue. This combination of methodologies will allow the members of the working group to share their knowledge as peers in a welcoming environment that allows all participants to learn from each other.

The course is an introductory course to film, which requires no previous knowledge of the topic. Interested people with some previous knowledge of the topics discussed are also welcome to attend.

Program and Hosts:

Day 1: XXY (2007)

September 5th, 2020

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Fernando Varela


Javier Muñoz Díaz

Javier Muñoz, Ph.D. His research focuses on Latin American literature and cultural history, with an emphasis on the Andean region, Indigenous cultures, and LGBT+ studies. He is  also interested in the development
and accessibility of library collections, which usually have a limited number of titles from Latin American countries

Fernando Varela is a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish and Portuguese and American Studies at Vanderbilt University. As a firm believer that knowledge is a public good, he is committed to promoting the value of the humanities in and beyond academia. In addition to being supported by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, his research has also been recognized by the Ford Foundation and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt.

Day 2: Nostalgia de la luz (2010)

September 12, 2020


Juan García Oyervides


Maria Maddox

Juan García Oyervides has a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a first-generation Mexican-American scholar in the humanities committed to making higher education accessible, affordable, and beneficial to all. His approach to knowledge production includes engaged and traditional scholarship.

Maria Maddox, Ph.D., is a Chilean researcher, writer, and visual artist living in Denver, CO. Her areas of interest include Latinx Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Creative Life Writing, Visual Arts, Music, the intersections between Western Medicine and Humanities, and New Media.

Day 3: El viaje (1992)

September 19, 2020


Andrea V. López


Andrea V. López is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University. Her areas of research include Amerindian Literature and Oral Traditions; Medieval Literature and Religions in the Iberian Peninsula; Spanish, Indigenous, and Mestizo Chronicles of Indies; Women artistic production in the Baroque, and the Indigenous heritages in Latin American Contemporary Cultural Production; Bolivian Third Cinema; and the Andean influence in Contemporary Fusion Music in Perú.  

Milton André Ramos Chachón is a Peruvian Ph.D. student. His research focuses on Andean and Mesoamerican chronicles from the colonial period (16th and 17th centuries), and on bilingual Quechua-Spanish or Nahuatl-Spanish prose and lyric works from the 20th and 21st centuries.



We invite participants to watch the films ahead of each meeting in order to be able to follow and contribute to the conversation of the working group. Respect, cordiality, and tolerance for others’ expressions, personal identities, and opinions is mandatory. Participants who do not comply with these requirements may be asked to leave or, in the case of severe disruption to the learning environment, they may be banned from the meeting. Additional reading materials may be suggested by the facilitators, but are not mandatory.

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