94015 - Seminar: Representation of Social Issues in Latin American Movies

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Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The seminar aims at providing students with useful tools to understand not only the many social realities present in Latin America, but also the specific issues related to them, thanks to the movies which will be displayed. In parallel, studentes will be provided with basic knowledge on organization and management of cultural events.

Course contents

Seminar held by dr. Héctor Rodríguez de la O

The seminar has the dual purpose of providing useful tools for understanding the multiple social realities and related problems starting from their filmic representations and at the same time offering minimal skills in the organization and planning of a cultural event in its distinct phases.
Presentation of a thematic film club of 3/4 works by the students of the Bachelor's or Master's Degree Course.
The work will consist of both the actual organization of the event and the designs, presentations, projections and subsequent debates on the works presented to the public.
Presentations can be held in Spanish, but also in Italian, as well as the possible creation, translation or revision of the translation of the subtitles (in the event that they are necessary and are not available in the language requested).
Student work should be done in groups of 4 or 5 people per film. Each group will produce an original text of approximately 1500 words designed as a brochure for the presentation of the work. In addition to this, they will also design the dissemination material of the film club, posters and various advertising both for the notice boards of the Department / University and on social networks and / or institutional websites.


General issues

México-EE. UU. , power, representation of otherness, migration issues


AA. VV. Historia general de México. Versión 2000, México, El Colegio de México, 2000. ARMENDARES, Pedro Enrique, La política migratoria de Trump. Impactos para los migrantes mexicanos y sus comunidades, México, Senado de la República. Instituto Belisario Domínguez, 2018.

ASHCROFT / AHLUWALIA, Edward Said, Londres, Routledge, 1999.

DURAND, Jorge, Historia mínima de la migración de México-Estados Unidos, México, El Colegio de México, 2016.
HENDERSON, Timothy J., Beyond Borders. A History of Mexican Migration to the Unites States, West Sussex, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
IGLESIAS TURRION, Maquiavelo frente a la gran pantalla. Cine y política, Madrid, Akal, 2013.
RUFFINELLI, J., América Latina en 130 películas, Santiago de Chile, Uqbar, 2010.
SAID, Edward, Orientalismo, London, Penguin Books, 1991.
SAID, Edward, Culture and Imperialism, London, Vintage Books, 1994.
ZQUEZ / MEYER, México frente a Estados Unidos. Un ensayo histórico, 1776-2000, México, Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2001


El viaje de Teo, de Walter Dohener, México, 2008.

Rompe el alba, de Isaac Artenstein, EE.UU. / México, 1988

El Norte, de Gregory Nava, EE.UU., 1983

The Border, de Tony Richardson, EE. UU.,1983

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, de Robert M. Young, EE. UU., 1982

Lone Star, de John Sayles, EE. UU., 1996.

Touch of Evil, de Orson Welles, EE. UU., 1958.

Crossing Over, de Wayne Kramer, EE. UU., 2009.

Babel, de Alejando González Iñárritu, EE. UU., 2006.

The Alamo, de John Wayne, EE. UU., 1960.

Duel in the Sun, de King Vidor, EE. UU., 1946

Sicario, de Denis Villeneuve, EE. UU., 2015.

Traffic, de Steven Soderbergh, EE. UU, 2001.

My Family, de Gregory Nava, EE. UU., 1995.

Alambrista!, de Robert M. Young, EE. UU., 1977.

A Better Life, de Chris Weitz, EE. UU., 2011.

The Forever Purge, de Everardo Gout, EE. UU., 2021.

A Day Without a Mexican, de Sergio Arau, 2004.

Teaching methods

Seminar type activities; organization of the film club; production of presentation and introduction of the films

Assessment methods

Students will be invited to work in groups; students will be required to organize the 'events' of the film club both in purely 'organizational' and communication aspects as well as in the production of critical material for the audience to enjoy the films

Office hours

See the website of Edoardo Balletta