Towards a Latin American feminist cinema: The case of Cine Mujer in Columbia

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Cervera Ferrer, Lorena
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This article contextualises and characterises the history and film production of the Colombian feminist film collective Cine Mujer, and analyses how its collective and collaborative practices challenged auteurism. From 1978 to the late 1990s, Cine Mujer produced several short films, documentaries, series, and videos, and acted as a distribution company of Latin American women’s cinema. Its twenty years of activity possibly make it one of the world’s longest-lasting feminist film collectives. Yet, its history is largely unknown in Colombia and abroad. Thus, the question that motivates this article is related to how to inscribe Cine Mujer in film history without uncritically reproducing the methodologies that cast a shadow on women’s cinema. Throughout its trajectory, Cine Mujer transitioned from being an independent cinematic project interested in artistic experimentation to a media organization that produced educational videos commissioned by governmental and global institutions and often targeted at marginalised women. Based on interviews conducted with some of the Cine Mujer members, the Cine Mujer’s catalogues, and its films and videos, I organise Cine Mujer’s corpus of work in three main modes of production that disrupt the role of the auteur and the centrality of the director.
Cine Mujer , Colombian cinema , Latin American women filmmakers , Feminist film collectives , Latin American political cinema
Cervera Ferrer, L. (2021) 'Towards a Latin American feminist cinema: The case of Cine Mujer in Columbia', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 20, pp. 150-165. doi: 10.33178/alpha.20.11