This week’s readings definitely hit me at an academic deja vu as as many of the points we discussed in class resonated with a Latin American literature class I took last semester.
Third cinema as we discussed sought to usurp the structure of film through fighting the commercialized Hollywood films of First Cinema. In La Hora de Los Hojos the themes of imperialism and pan-Americanism shine through in the opening scenes with quotes like “All our action is a war cry against imperialism”. A lot of our discussions brought me back to the poetry of Ruben Dario, a key figure in the modernismo movement. In his poem To Roosevelt, Dario utilizes language as an instrument of power as an outcry against Roosevelt’s imperialist invasions in Latin America. Similar to the film, Dario portrays Latin America as one united soul in contrast to the imperialist eagle.
One question from class discussion really stood out to me- How do you activate revolutionary communities around reimagining history and activate them into creating change? Although I am still exploring this issue, I am interested work with my group to see how we can activate and educate our community regarding the recent police shootings for the BLM movement.
For reference: Ruben Dario: To Roosevelt
From Week 6: Third Cinema – Deconstructing Neocolonialism in Latin America