Sergio de la Mora reviews Roma's reception in Mexico and reflects upon the film's intimate relationship with the nation's political history. Situating Roma with the broader trend in Latin American cinema for films that explore servant-employer relations, he examines how Roma visualizes the ways in which Indigenous domestic and intimate labor has been historically racialized and gendered in Mexico. He discusses the controversy surrounding Cleo's voice and agency in the film along with the aesthetic debates prompted by Cuarón's decision to film in black and white.
Roma: Reparation versus Exploitation
Sergio de la Mora is Associate Professor in Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Davis. His book, Cinemachismo: Masculinities and Sexuality in Mexican Film (University of Texas Press, 2006) was a finalist for the LAMBDA Literary Award in the category of Art and Culture. His research is featured in Miradas al cine mexicano (2017); Clásicos del cine mexicano (Iberoamericana, 2016); and Latsploitation, Latin America, and Exploitation Cinema (Routledge, 2009). He is a programmer for the Cine+mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival.
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Sergio de la Mora; Roma: Reparation versus Exploitation. Film Quarterly 1 June 2019; 72 (4): 46–53. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.72.4.46
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