FQ Columnist Paul Julian Smith reports from Peru on a new wave of pop culture, from variety shows to teen telenovelas, popping up on television. He also discusses the popularity of the musical comedy feature films that function as Peru's equivalent f the summer blockbuster. He closes his report with a discussion of the films of filmmaker and professor Rossana Díaz Costa, whose art-house style is in stark contrast to the broad comedies and melodramas of Peruvian popular culture. Her debut feature Viaje a Tombuktú (2014) sets its 1980s teenage love story against a backdrop of political violence, while her latest production—an adaptation of the classic Peruvian novel, Un mundo para Julius—probes race, class, and gender inequalities in 1950s Peru.

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