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Queen Mary's New Collection of Argentine and Brazilian Documentaries

Compiled by Dr. Else R. P. Vieira

Queen Mary's School of Language, Linguistics and Film makes available to the public the first archive of Argentine and Brazilian documentaries in the UK . Over 200 titles feature this major genre in the two countries. The collections include landmark documentaries and the whole trajectory of leading directors in both countries. They are particularly well supplied for new voices and a wide range of 21st century themes.

These collections spring from the AHRC-funded project Screening Exclusion: The Boom of Brazilian and Argentine Documentary Film-making 2001-2004 , directed by Dr. Else R. P. Vieira (2005-06), which investigated Brazil's and Argentina's 21 st century documentary booms in connection with global technological modernization and the impact of neo-liberalism on more vulnerable economies. The scope of the collections has been broadened with additional funding by the School of Language, Linguistics and Film and donations by individual directors. Annotations by Dr. Guillermo Olivera, postdoctoral assistant to the project, provide information on major themes, directors and publications on key documentaries. The project received Siobhán McGuirk's collaboration in locating items in Argentina.

Queen Mary's Main Library hosts the collections and offers access to the documentaries and screening facilities for non-members of the College from 5 o'clock every day.

The Argentine holdings feature:

Fernando Solanas's groundbreaking La hora de los hornos
Solanas's recent award-winning Memorias del saqueo
Fernando Birri's Tire dié/ Throw Us a Dime
Birri's Che Guevara series
Birri's film version of Eduardo Galeano's El siglo del viento/ Century of the Wind
Alejandro Mouján's major series on El Chaco
Mouján's award-winning Espejo para cuando me pruebe el smoking
Cine-Ojo's social-anthropological documentaries
David Blaustein's epic Cazadores de utopías and Botín de Guerra
The 30-year trajectory of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo
The voices and images of the Abuelas (Grandmothers of the Disappeared)
Interviews with the recovered grandchildren
H.I.J.O.S. and the escraches of torturers
Several outlooks on the December 2001 Argentinazo
The post-2001 process of the country's reconstruction
The dignification of contingent menial jobs
The processes of recovering ab andoned factories
The production of film-making Collectives: Alavío, Boedo, Insurgente, Wayruro


Brazilian documentary highlights include:

The whole production of Eduardo Coutinho
All of Jorge Furtado's shorts
The whole production of Nós do Cinema (run by City of God 's original cast)
The whole City of Men series
Humberto Mauro's classic O descobrimento do Brasil
Aleijadinho , Villa-Lobos , Chico Buarque and other major Brazilian artists
Eryk Rocha's reconstruction of Glauber Rocha's trajectory in Cuba
Geraldo Sarno's landmark Viramundo
The hits News from a Private War, Bus 174 and The Prisoner of the Iron Bars
Evaldo Mocarzel's masterpieces on the ethics of portraying suffering
A wide range on the current debate on race and affirmative action in Brazil
Debates on technological exclusion/ inclusion
The cultures of the favelas : music, talents, performances, religion
The drug-trafficking problem in the favelas
Films dignifying the stigmatized: prisoners, transvestites
Films humanizing the plight of the mentally ill and the blind
Films on creative responses to unemployment
The production of Brazilians residing abroad



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