Latin American Eco-Cinema

Latin American Eco-Cinema
21 September 2021, 9.30am - 6.00pm
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Bloomsbury Studio, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH

Environmental justice movements in Latin America have been subject to disproportionate violence and persecution by the State and international corporations, with the region being heavily affected by extractivism, deforestation, industrial pollution, and global warming. However, during the past few years there have been some signs of progress too, leading to the rights of nature being enshrined in some constitutions. How is the filmic culture of the region responding to and engaging with these struggles? How are environmental activists using film and visual forms in the service of their goals? What new narratives of environmental activism and opposition to extractivism are emerging through film and video? What aesthetic and artistic languages are developing in response to activist agendas and concerns? 

Come and join us for the screening of Forest Law (Biemann and Tavares, 2014), Daughter of the Lake (Cabellos, 2015) and Resurrection (Polgovsky, 2016), three recent activist works that document the struggle against ecocide and for environmental justice in Latin America. Screenings will feature Q&A sessions with filmmakers and activists.

The day will end with a roundtable discussion and the launch of Poetics of the Real, a book on filmmaker Eugenio Polgovsky, whose documentary about the poisoning of Mexico's Santiago River features earlier in the programme. 

This event will be held at the Bloomsbury Studio, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH. Social distancing measures will be in place.

Organisers: Deborah Martin (UCL) and Mara Polgovsky (Birkbeck)


9:30 Introduction to the day (Deborah Martin, UCL)

9:50 Film: Forest Law/Selva jurídica (Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, 2014) Screening introduced by Edward Christie (UCL)

10:45 Coffee

11:00 Film: Daughter of the Lake/Hija de la laguna (Ernesto Cabellos, Peru, 2015)
Q & A with Ernesto Cabellos and activist Nélida Ayay Chilón (Chair: Maria Chiara D’Argenio, UCL)

13:00 Lunch (own arrangements)

13:45 Film: Resurrection/Resurrección (Eugenio Polgovsky, Mexico, 2016) Q & A with Mara Polgovsky (Birkbeck) (Chair: Deborah Martin)

15:45 Tea

16:00 Roundtable, with Francisco J. Hernández Adrián (Durham University), Ernesto Cabellos (film director and Sussex University) and Paul Merchant (Bristol University) (Chair: Sarah Barrow, UEA)

16:45 Book LaunchEugenio Polgovsky: La poética de lo real/Poetics of the Real. Mara Polgovsky, Kieron Corless (Sight and Sound), Gareth Evans (Whitechapel Gallery) Deborah Martin

17:15 Drinks reception

Presented and organised by the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), Birkbeck University of London; Department of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London; UCL SELCS; and the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

All tickets are FREE, but space is limited. Please book your place using the book now button below, where you will also see the different ticket types available


Deborah Martin