As the capstone of a three semester-long film series devoted to the work of Brazilian woman filmmakers, this conference will gather filmmakers and an international cadre of film critics and scholars to engage in a broad conversation about Brazilian women’s filmmaking today. The conference will be held at Tulane University, New Orleans on February 17-19, 2011.
After the 1990 dismantling of state support for filmmaking in Brazil, the vacuum created in the national cinema ended up an unexpected fertile ground for the emergence of a new generation of women filmmakers and for the continued activities of filmmakers from the 1980s who were able to take advantage of new federal and state initiatives (post 1992-95) in support of cultural production.
Mulheres da Retomada will focus on this body of films and on its place in contemporary Brazilian cinema and society. It is framed by the following questions:
• What difference does it make when a Brazilian woman wields the camera?
• How do woman filmmakers theorize about their experiences in the world and their practice?
• What are the relationships among questions of gender, race, and class in Brazilian film?
• Can feminist theory make a contribution to film practice in Brazil?
We welcome proposals that engage critically with these issues by offering new readings of exemplary texts and/or bringing marginal texts to light. Please submit abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1, 2010.
Ana M Lopez
200 Gibson Hall
New Orleans LA 70118
(504) 865-5261 Email: email@example.com
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