Revolutionary Cinema in Latin America

Film and Lecture with SLIS Assistant Professor Janet Ceja

Starts:  11/10/2015  4:30 PM
Ends: 11/10/2015 5:30 PM
Location: Collaboratory, One Palace Road, Simmons College, Boston, MA

The Simmons Chapter of the Association of Moving Image Archivists hosts a lecture and film event featuring Dr. Janet Ceja, archives assistant professor at SLIS, next Tuesday, November 10th from 4:30-5:30 PM in the Collaboratory. 

Ceja will present current research on revolutionary cinema in Latin America, with a discussion and viewing of two short films by Santiago Álvarez, Cuban filmmaker known for producing revolutionary cinema, a film style developed as result of the victory of the Cuban Revolution in 1959. Álvarez held a conviction that the primary purpose of such cinema was to be screened to the public and have people wrestle critically with the content. Thus, the preservation of this material was to be achieved in the consciousness of the people, while the preservation of the film material was secondary to its social function. We will screen two of his documentary short films Now! (1965) and79 Primaveras (1969), and discuss their historical context and contemporary significance.

Note: films contain graphic footage

  • 79 Primaveras (Santiago Álvarez, 1969, 25min)
  • Now! (Santiago Álvarez, 1965, 5min)

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