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Cinephilic retreats and transient connections in Hispanic cinemas

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Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)266–275
JournalScreen
Volume59
Issue number2
Early online date12 Jun 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Jun 2018

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Abstract

Special Dossier: Mapping digital practices in Hispanic cinemas. Hispanic cinemas are in flux between national and regional forms of belonging, and the desire for transnational circulation in new global scenarios. This dossier interrogates the ways in which cinemas from Latin America and Spain have engaged with digital practices in the first two decades of the twenty-first century, with a particular focus on the aesthetic and political questions arising from such practices. The different contributions critically appraise the ways in which moving image texts that engage the digital offer new understandings of both the flow of people, information and capital, and the processes by which we imagine the spaces and boundaries pertaining to the vexed category ‘Hispanic cinemas’. Looking at a range of objects of study (from experimental and social issue documentary, to videoactivism and popular fiction cinema) the essays critically examine how these modes have been re-set by digital tools of production and consumption. Visuality and knowledge, surveillance and participation, migration and advocacy, and relocation and disorientation are key themes under discussion, pertaining to the larger focus on mapping and spatiality shared by all interventions in this dossier. The various contributions, including the Introduction that contextualises the discussion, reflect on the transition between different medium-based systems of knowledge and the conceptualisation of borders and movement enabled by digital practices arising from the Hispanic cultural domain.

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