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Remapping Brazilian Film Culture in the Twenty-First Century

ISBN 9781138119925
Published October 30, 2019 by Routledge
220 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Remapping Brazilian Film Culture makes a significant contribution not only to debates about Brazilian national cinema, but more generally about the development of world cinema in the twenty-first century.

This book charts the key features of Brazilian film culture of the first two decades of the twenty-first century, including: the latest cultural debates within Brazil on film funding and distribution practices; the impact of diversity politics on the Brazilian film industry; the reception and circulation of Brazilian films on the international film festival circuit; and the impact on cultural production of the sharp change in political direction at national level experienced post-2016. The principle of "remapping" here is based on a need to move on from potentially limiting concepts such as "the national", which can serve to unduly ghettoise a cinema, film industry and audience. The book argues that Brazilian film culture should be read as being part of a globally articulated film culture whose internal workings are necessarily distinctive and thus deserving of world cinema scholars’ attention.

A blend of industry studies, audience reception and cultural studies, Remapping Brazilian Film Culture is a dynamic volume for students and researchers in film studies, particularly Brazilian, Latin American and world cinema.


*Honorary Mention - Best Book in Humanities for the LASA Brazil Prize 2021*

Table of Contents


Part I

Chapter One: Making Films in Twenty-first-century Brazil

Chapter Two: Engaging With Audiences at Home and Abroad

Chapter Three: Women and Film Culture in Brazil

Chapter Four: Brazil’s LGBTQ Communities and Film Culture

Chapter Five: Afro-Brazilian Filmmaking in the Twenty-first Century

Chapter Six: Screening the Indigenous Experience in Brazil

Part II

Chapter Seven: Cinema and Public Security: The Elite Squad

Phenomenon (2007-2010)

Chapter Eight: Lúcia Murat’s Olhar Estrangeiro (2005) and the

representation of Brazil on Foreign Screens

Chapter Nine: Hope Springs From Rubbish: Trash (2014) and the

Garbage Aesthetic

Chapter Ten: A Cordial View from Brazil’s North East: Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius (2016)



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Stephanie Dennison is Professor of Brazilian Studies and directs the Centre for World Cinemas at the University of Leeds. She has published widely on both world cinema and Brazilian film: she co-authored with Lisa Shaw Popular Cinema in Brazil (2004) and Brazilian National Cinema (2007).