Neoliberalism as seen by young Chilean filmmakers

Eva-Rosa Ferrand Verdejo, October 4, 2021.

Interdisciplinary Studies – Humanities

Abstract: In addition to the many demonstrations that have multiplied around the country since the return of democracy in Chile, Chilean filmmaking seems to make a point of denouncing the neoliberal system and its effects on society. Thus, the new generation of filmmakers, born during the dictatorship and thus witness to systemic implementation of neoliberalism, denounces a system inherited from an authoritarian regime, which glorifies individualism and tends to whitewash the violation of human rights committed during the dictatorship. This article aims to analyse the relationship of these new filmmakers with neoliberalism through the study of various fiction films, but also through their production practices.

Keywords. — Neoliberalism, « novísimo cine chileno », Chilean filmmaking.

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Eva-Rosa Ferrand Verdejo

Eva-Rosa is a Ph.D. student both at CY Cergy Paris Université (France) and the University of Warwick (UK). She is currently in her third year of Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies (CY) and Film and TV Studies (Warwick). She works on the films made by the generation of Chilean filmmakers born during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship (1973-1990) and explores the way this generation connects with the traumatic past of the country.

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