Reflexivity in Iberian Documentary Film

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Benedict Hall (BEN), 2.104 150 21ST ST W, Austin, Texas 78705

Samuel Amago, Associate Professor of Spanish & Associate Chair, Department of Romance Languages, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill presents a talk titled "Reflexivity in Iberian Documentary Film".

This lecture analyzes three works emerging from three different corners of Iberia that in one way or another question the “rhetorics of authenticity” upon which traditional documentary films have relied: from Catalonia, Todos vós sodes capitáns (Oliver Laxe, 2010), a poetic film about globalism and social issues that also problematizes the ability of European cameras to document the social reality of non-European Others; from Portugal, Aquele Querido Mês de Agosto (Miguel Gomes, 2008), an observational film about Portuguese regional identities that also contains within itself a parallel narrative about the making of a “fictional” film-within-the-film; and, emerging from and engaging parodically with a variety of Castilian cultural traditions, Cámara lúcida (Carlos Cañeque, 2013), a reflexive, participatory postmodern documentary exploring the uncertain boundaries between reality and fiction, tradition and innovation, audiovisual and literary culture in contemporary Spain.

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Arts & Humanities


College of Liberal Arts

Target Audience

General Public




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