Michael Chanan's two-part documentary on 'New Cinema of Latin America’, made for the UK’s Channel 4 in 1983, is now an historic document of the first twenty-five years of a continental movement which revolutionised cinema. Featured film-makers include Fernando Birri, T.G.Alea, Julio García Espinosa, Octavio Getino, Jorge Sanjinés, Jorge Silva and Marta Rodríguez, Carlos Diegues, Mario Handler and others, with contributions from writers and critics including Mario Benedetti, Hector Schmucler, Ambrosio Fornet and Ernesto Cardenal.
Part I, Cinema of the Humble, traces the evolution of its theoretical and aesthetic positions, and focuses on the development of cinema in Cuba and Nicaragua.
Part II, The Long Road, examines the development of new forms of representation, repression against filmmakers, and the emergence of a new women's cinema.
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