1st Edition

Migrants in Contemporary Spanish Film

ISBN 9780367890407
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
136 Pages

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Book Description

During the last two decades Spain has undergone an unprecedented transformation from being a country of emigrants to receiving a significant number of migrants from all around the world. This book focuses on the analysis of documentaries and fiction films representing migrants in Spain in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Guillén Marín explores the ways in which migrant and non-migrant filmmakers reframe the urban and rural space to create opportunities for a free, although contested, exchange between marginal voices and mainstream Spanish society. She analyzes the extent to which the films challenge forms of exclusion and represent ethnicity in a space that includes some and excludes others.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part 1: The Documentaries

2. The Construction of Dissensus in En construcción (Jose Luís Guerín, 2001)

2.1 Introduction

2.2 The Cinematic Construction of Dissensus

2.3 The Democratics of Space and Time

2.4 Migrant Identities and Contrasted Masculinities

2.5 Conclusion

3. Female Migration and Multiculturalism in Extranjeras (Helena Taberna, 2003)

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Multiculturalism within the Spanish Context

3.3 Dissensus

3.4. Consensus

3.5. Conclusion

4. Madrid from the Other Side in El otro lado…un acercamiento a Lavapiés (Basel Ramsis, 2002)

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Formal Devices and Authorial Voice

4.3 The Biblical Intertext

4.4 Spatial Contestation

4.5 The Use of Music

4.6 Conclusion

Part II: The Fiction Films

5. Female Migrant Identities, Rural Space and Consensus in Flores de otro mundo (Iciar Bollaín, 1999)

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Flores de otro mundo as a Melodrama

5.3 Plot Influences and Contextualization of Flores de otro mundo

5.4 The Rural as a site for Spatial Contestation

5.5 Restoration of the Patriarchal Order

5.6 Exoticization and Sexualisation of the Caribbean Migrants

5.7 Conclusion

6. Morocco, Spain and the Ethical Turn in Retorno a Hansala (Chus Gutiérrez, 2008)

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Retorno a Hansala, Plot and Contextualization

6.3 Return to Hansala and the Road Movie

6.4 The ‘Bare Life’ of the African Migrant

6.5 Conclusion

7. Barcelona, the Precariat and Post-Migration Cinema in Biutiful (Alejandro González Iñarritu, 2010)

7.1 Introduction

7. 2 The Precariat

7.3 Urban Landscape and Working Class Heritage

7.4 Natur

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Clara Guillén Marín has completed a PhD in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, UK. Her research and teaching focuses on twentieth-and twenty-first-century Spanish documentary and fiction film, with particular interest on the representation of migration, gender and space. She is currently teaching A Level Spanish in Bristol and volunteers with a charity that supports vulnerable migrants in the city.