Espejo de identidades: género, inmigración y violencia en cine dirigido por mujeres españolas y latinoamericanas

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My dissertation Espejo de identidades: género, inmigración y violencia de género en directoras latinoamericanas y españolas, examines four 4 Latin American films and two 2 Spanish films, all of which were directed by Hispanic females during the 20th and 21st centuries. These directors intend to establish a new representation of women which that diverges from the traditional historical male depiction of these women. I have chosen to study the works of Gabriela David (Argentina), Sofía Vaccaro (Argentina), María Novaro (Mexico), Marysa Systach (Mexico), Chus Gutiérrez (Spain) and Irene Cardona (Spain) because they provide diverse contemporary perspectives regarding the way in which Spanish-speaking directors approach the topics of immigration and gender in a postmodern context. This dissertation seeks to deconstruct the connection that has linked gender and female-directed cinema, arguing that cultural factors as well as ideology are the true underpinnings for cinema directed by women. The increasing number of female-directed films over the past two 2 decades in these two particular geographical areas has brought about the need for fresh research to establish a new representation of female-directed cinema which that deconstructs the connection linking gender and films directed by women, which is commonly called cine de mujeres. Contrary to what is currently understood as cine de mujeres, this new representation of cinema directed by women is one in which the intention of the female director is not to exclusively portray the fictional stories of women that respond to patriarchal stereotypes. Instead, the director establishes a transgression of those stereotypes, identifying with and giving voice to a marginal and subaltern individual that transcends gender, origin, race, and ethnicity, which in many instances happens to be a woman. Overall, my dissertation offers an in-depth study of female filmic discourse, identity discourse, gender violence, migration studies and film strategies, among others.

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Foreign language instruction, Latin American studies, Literature