Current Institutional Affiliation
Associate Professor, History, University of British Columbia

Award Information

International Dissertation Research Fellowship 2004
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
History, Yale University
Screening the Transition: Cultural Politics of the Argentine Film Industry at the End of the Dirty War, 1983-1989

This project aims to uncover the way in which the Raul Alfonsin government, the first democratically-elected leadership to follow the 1976-1983 military regime in Argentina, capitalized on the importance of the film community, its intellectuals and its product in generating an image of a recuperated and re-democratized nation. In order to do so, this work will examine the new legal codes and policies regulating film production during the early transition, the reorientation of institutions governing and subsidizing the industry, the internal debates of film producers regarding their involvement with the state, and the public and international response to the films made during this period. A chapter of the final work will be devoted to comparison of these processes with similar phenomena in Brazil, where a military regime during roughly the same period, alongside a film industry of roughly the same size and radicalization, gave way to very different results during its own transition to democracy.