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Hólmfríður Garðarsdóttir: Reflecting realities: The History of Latin American Filmmaking
 
The article offers an account of the most outstanding developments in cinema in Latin America throughout the twentieth century. It sets off with a portrayal of the arrival of the medium via the Lumière influence, to then discuss the principal influential elements on cinematic developments in the region. A continual contextualization of filmmaking within a political and historical framework is intertwined with an account of filmmakers’ representation of local and continental realities and identities. The process of coming of age is central to the article, as it focuses on the slowly increasing self-worth, excellence and autonomy of Latin American cinema during this past century.
 
Keywords: cinema, filmmaking, Latin America, history
 
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