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Slipping discursive frameworks
Gender (and) politics in Colombian women’s documentary
in Hispanic and Lusophone women filmmakers
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This chapter examines women's documentary in Colombia, where pioneers such as Gabriela Samper began production in the 1960s, and where key female figures have continued to the present day. According to Paulo Antonio Paranaguá, in Latin America, the tendency to focus on militant revolutionary politics has meant the downplaying of other types of commitment, such as feminism's prolonged impact on cinema. The chapter addresses this question with regard to Colombia, taking a deconstructivist approach to the discursive frameworks of three important films: Chircales by Martha Rodríguez (with partner Jorge Silva), La mirada de Myriam by Clara Riascos with Colectivo Cine Mujer, and La Sierra (Margarita Martínez and Scott Dalton). Gender is in various ways imbricated in the national: in Chircales and La Sierra either desire for a woman (in the former) or woman's desire (in the latter) becomes bound up with desired versions of the nation, constituting a discursive shift.

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Hispanic and Lusophone women filmmakers

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