Democracy and Indigeneity

By: Inela Selimovic  

This essay reflects on Lucrecia Martel’s persistent critique of the systemic exploitation of the indigenous citizenry in Argentina. The filmmaker endows her indigenous characters with liminal transgressions, thus subtly underscoring the importance of their narrative role in each film. In acknowledging the ways in which social rejections as well as empowerment of non-whites merge into an important theme in Martel’s films, I examine the potential for the emergence of indigenous subjectivities’ affective agency regardless of or despite the undeniable forms of sexism, classism, and racism they typically confront.

Lucrecia Martel, Argentine Contemporary Cinema, Indigeneity and Latin American Cinema
The Arts in Social, Political, and Community Life
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Prof. Inela Selimovic

Assistant Professor of Spanish , Spanish Department , Wellesley College, United States
MA, United States

My research and teaching center on contemporary Latin American literature and cinema. The intersections of gender, politics, and culture in contemporary Latin America, with a particular emphasis on the 21st-century Argentine literature and cinema, are at the heart of my teaching and research. My first book, Affective Moments in the Films of Martel, Carri, and Puenzo (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), studies the subtle tensions between affect and emotions as terrains of sociopolitical importance in these filmmakers' aesthetically heterogeneous films. I have recently co-edited (with Philippa Page and Camilla Sutherland) The Feeling Child: Politics and Affect in Latin American Literature and Film (Lexington Books, 2018). I am currently working on a book about Pablo Trapero's cinema.