FQ columnist Manuel Betancourt chronicles an unprecedented and growing canon of narrative films from throughout Latin America that examine how twentieth- and twenty-first-century ideas of modernity impact the lives and languages of the indigenous characters placed front and center in these films. While nonfiction filmmaking has a long history of documenting indigeneity on-screen, including by indigenous filmmakers, in the world of narrative features, those who are framing and directing indigenous stories are still largely outsiders. Betancourt explores these issues of language and representation with regard to three recent films: Retablo (Álvaro Delgado Aparicio, 2019), Sueño en otro idioma (I Dream in Another Language, Ernesto Contreras, 2017) and Wiñaypacha (Eternity, Óscar Catacora, 2018).
Cineando: Latin-American Indigeneity On-Screen
Manuel Betancourt is a film critic and a cultural writer. He is the film columnist at Electric Literature and a regular contributor to Remezcla. His academic work on queer film fandom has appeared in Genre and GLQ, while his cultural criticism has been featured in Film Comment, The Atlantic, NPR, Pacific Standard, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. He is one of the writers of the Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel The Cardboard Kingdom (Knopf, 2018) and the author of Judy at Carnegie Hall (Bloomsbury, 2020), a 33 1/3 book on the 1961 Grammy award-winning double album. www.mbetancourt.com
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Manuel Betancourt; Cineando: Latin-American Indigeneity On-Screen. Film Quarterly 1 March 2020; 73 (3): 83–88. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2020.73.3.83
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