Latin American History Goes to the Movies combines the study of the rich history of Latin America with the medium of feature film. In this concise and accessible book, author Stewart Brewer helps readers understand key themes and issues in Latin American history, from pre-Columbian times to the present, by examining how they have been treated in a variety of films. Moving chronologically across Latin American history, and pairing historical background with explorations of selected films, the chapters cover vital topics including the Spanish conquest and colonialism, revolution, religion, women, U.S.-Latin American relations, and more. Through films such as City of God, Frida, and Che, Brewer shows how history is retold, and what that retelling means for public memory.
From Apocalypto to Selena, and from Christopher Columbus to the slave trade, Latin American History Goes to the Movies sets the record straight between the realities of history and cinematic depictions, and gives readers a solid foundation for using film to understand the complexities of Latin America’s rich and vibrant history.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1—Stereotypes of Latin America
Chapter 2—Pre-Colombian Cultures
Chapter 3—The Great Encounter – The Enigma of Christopher Columbus
Chapter 4—The Spanish Conquest of Latin America
Chapter 5—Imperialism and Colonialism
Chapter 6—The African Atlantic Slave Trade in Latin America
Chapter 7—Revolutionary Latin America
Chapter 8—Religion in Latin America
Chapter 9—Women in Latin America
Chapter 10—Political Instability and Relations with the United States
Chapter 11—Poverty, Terrorism, and Violence in Latin America
Chapter 12—Latino Culture in the United States
Stewart Brewer is Professor of History at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska.