During winter term 2009/ 2010 several documentary films were produced in the seminars “The Business of the 'Americanness' in the Americas“, given by Luz Angélica Kirschner, and “Culturas híbridas: Aportaciones latinoamericanos a la teoría cultural y los estudios de los medios“, taught by Sebastian Thies. Here you can find the respective synopses of the film projects.
A film by: Serena Wördenweber, Katarina Schwach, Sven Buchloh
Duration: 41 min.
We chose the name of this documentary to refer to the famous phrase from the former Mexican President Porfirio Díaz “Poor Mexico. So far from God and so close to the United States“. The source of inspiration for this documentary is derived from the masterpiece of the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, “The Open Veins of Latin America“.
Within the Inter-American context, the interests and objectives that have influenced the bilateral relations of the United States with the three Latin American countries Panama, Venezuela and Honduras are considered. While different eras ranging from early last century until recent days are covered and the peculiarities of each national case are highlighted, the common and recurrent denominator that appears in each of these countries is U.S. hegemonic and economic aspirations.
A particular focus is on the hopes of change in Inter-American relations, which arose from Barack Obama´s victory in the presidential elections. However, the analysis of his foreign policy towards the region is disillusive.
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A film by: Amiran Gabunia
Language: German/ Spanish
Duration of the excerpt: 22 min.
The film „Ein Land, zwei Dörfer“ („One country, two villages“) which Amiran Gabunia shot from 2008-2009 in Argentina deals with the so-called „problem of two villages“ i.e. the difficulties arising from the coexistence of two communities- German-speaking Jewish emigrants on the one hand and Germans of non-Jewish descent on the other. Furthermore the film tries to depict both communities' perception of the Argentinian-majority society, as well as the „Argentinian“ view of these two groups.„Ein Land zwei Dörfer“ also adresses discourses on the distinct sociological and political characteristics of Argentina and takes a look at the contemporary antisemitism shown in interviews with representatives of the majority society.
A film by: Alina Muñoz, Evgenia Muravyeva and Karoline Mai
Duration: 35 min.
“In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity and mutual respect.” (Bill Clinton)
Quotes like this come to mind when we think about Multiculturalism and Canada, the world’s multicultural role model. But what would happen if we dig a little deeper, if we truly investigate what’s behind the notion of Canadian Multiculturalism? Would we find a reality or a myth? Let’s show you a side of Canada that we didn’t expect. This project was developed in the context of the course “Doing the Rights Thing in the Americas.”