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Title: Latin American co-production cinema : economics and hegemony since 1980
Author: Villazana, Libia M.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3547 5434
Awarding Body: University of the West of England
Current Institution: University of the West of England, Bristol
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis focuses on the study of the unfolding causes and effects of the mechanisms of international film co-production, specifically those organised between Spain and Latin American countries since the 1980s. In doing so, it discusses the hegemonic position of Spain in these collaborations, and the neocolonial discourses embedded within those negotiations. Based on my fieldwork in Peru, this thesis centres predominantly on the Peruvian experience of co-production, examining parallels with similar practices of film production collaborations in other countries within the subcontinent. The thesis is accompanied by a practical component. The 46mns documentary Latin America in Co-production (dir. Libia Villazana UK/Peru, 2007) resulted from the fieldwork, and primarily organises, illustrates.and analyses my findings. Whilst both pieces of work are self contained and can· be understood independently of each other, this thesis contextualises and theorises those findings. The methodology used during the filming of my documentary was based on Participant Observation. This method offered me the possibility to participate in the everyday activities of a film co-production between a Latin American country and Spain, whilst observing the dynamics of the settings. Previous studies in this field have tended to concentrate on examining the .potentialloss of national and cultural identity within these collaborations. There are also some short essays delving into the political economy of these co-productions, albeit addressing the topic in a rather general manner. Whilst substantial, research into Spanish and Latin American co-production nevertheless fails to examine key factors such as the causes of the failure of many of these negotiations. This thesis endeavours, first, to contribute to the scarce literature in the practice of international film co-production invblving Latin American countries. Second, it proposes an analysis in an audiovisual format of the working dynamics of the leading IberoAmerican film organisation, Iberrnedia, and evaluates its aims to aid and promote the Thero-American cinema and within it, the film industry of Latin America. Third, this research hopes to contribute to the writing of the historiography of film production in Latin American countries. The thesis concludes by affirming that the creation of 'real alliances' is the way forward to overturn the current subaltern conditions of film production in Latin America. An example of a potential film industry alliance within Latin American countries, and subsequent alliances between them and Europe and Asia, is proposed in this thesis. This is the Mercosur Film Market (MFM), a project recently launched by the leading export bloc of the subcontinent, MERCOSUR.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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