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The ‘poetics of transformation’ in the works of Lourdes Portillo
in Hispanic and Lusophone women filmmakers
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Lourdes Portillo is a highly regarded filmmaker who works on the borders between two or more cultures and film traditions. Portillo's most highly acclaimed documentary to date is the award-winning Señorita Extraviada (Missing Young Woman), a compelling investigation of the phenomenon of feminicide in the border city of Ciudad Juárez Chihuahua, Mexico. In terms of their activist politics, Portillo's films and videos are part of the Latin American film movement dedicated to an insurgent, aesthetic/political project that the Argentinean filmmaker Fernando Birri once called the 'poetics of transformation of reality'. In Las Madres: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Portillo and Susana Muñoz depict how women, like the mothers of the disappeared, can redefine and reappropriate motherhood as a model of resistance for unifying women across various social backgrounds in their opposition to state terrorism and patriarchal nationalism.

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Hispanic and Lusophone women filmmakers

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