Mayoral Elections 2019: Can You Vote?

Did you know that foreign residents can vote to decide who becomes mayor? Register now so that you can have your say in this October’s mayoral elections. In October, Colombians around the country will elect mayors, governors and councillors. And although it is still a few months away, some foreigners who have residency are eligible to vote and have a say in the management of … Continue reading Mayoral Elections 2019: Can You Vote?

¿Qué indica la celebración del ‘Día de los muertos’ acerca la perspectiva de los mexicanos acerca la muerte?

Escribí este ensayo en 2015 como estudiante universitaria, después de haber pasado seis meses de intercambio en México, donde me enamoré de la cultura, la música, la comida y la energía del país. La celebración del día de los muertos me marcó profundamente; por esa razón quería investigar las orígenes de la celebración y cuánto realmente refleja las perspectivas de los mexicanos acerca la muerte. … Continue reading ¿Qué indica la celebración del ‘Día de los muertos’ acerca la perspectiva de los mexicanos acerca la muerte?

The Importance of Place and Setting in the Narratives of ‘Y tu mamá también’ (2002) and ‘Amores perros’ (2000)

This essay discusses the films Y tu mamá también (2002) and  Amores perros (2000), two films that constitute part of the wave of New Mexican  Cinema, a genre whose emergence coincides with the Mexican Revolution of the  1960s. Charles Ramírez Berg has claims that ‘mexicanidad’ (what it truly means  to  be  Mexicam)  has  been  a  key  concept  in  Mexican  intellectual,  political,  and  artistic  thought  for  … Continue reading The Importance of Place and Setting in the Narratives of ‘Y tu mamá también’ (2002) and ‘Amores perros’ (2000)

The Role of Space in Relation to the Theme of Identity Formation in ‘La llamada’, ‘Entre visillos’ and ‘Ramona, adiós’

This essay will discuss the use of space in Carmen Lafortet’s La llamada, Carmen Martín Gaite’s Entre visillos and Monserrat Roig’s Ramona, adiós and how various spaces can either help or hinder identity formation. Through the depiction of the characters’ lives, the authors criticise the oppressive society in which they live. The ‘New Spain’ established during the Franco regime defined itself largely in terms of … Continue reading The Role of Space in Relation to the Theme of Identity Formation in ‘La llamada’, ‘Entre visillos’ and ‘Ramona, adiós’

“The body of João Francisco dos Santos is the landscape of the film Madame Satã” – Karim Anouz

As Karim Aïnouz, director of Madame Satã, points out, João’s body is his sole possession. He lives in a triply stigmatised body; he is poor, black and homosexual. He both exhibits and hides this body.1 What Aïnouz means by the ‘landscape’ of the film is that João’s body is the focus and has a strong presence throughout every scene. João’s body plays a dual role; … Continue reading “The body of João Francisco dos Santos is the landscape of the film Madame Satã” – Karim Anouz