The course is designed to introduce students to the cinematic work of some of the most important Latin American directors from the seventies to the present. The course will center on a variety of topics that are vital to the understanding of the most significant political, examined in the class are: racial, gender, sexual, and identity issues; nation formation; revolution; immigration; repression; utopia; resistance; violence; freedom and slavery. Students will be expected to develop interpretative film’s skills through an exploration o f the connections between the technical composition of the films and the social, political, and cultural context to which each film refres. Filsm for the course will be chosen from the flowing list: Camila, The Official Story, The Other Conquest, El hijo de la novia, Bye Bye Brazil, Central Station, Quilombo, City of God, Obstinate memory, Azúcar Amarga, Guantanamera, Memories of Underdevelopment, Strawberry and Chocolate, Nueba Yol, The Time of the Butterfiles, El Norte Amores Perros, Y tu mama también, Cbeza de Vaca, Like Water for Chocolate, Hedod’s Law, El callejón de los Milagros, Danzón, The Oxcart, Ratas, ratones, The City of the Dogs, Our Lady of the Assassins, Machuca, The Lion’s Den. Requirements: Two shot analytical papaers, mid-term exam and final paper. Course may be used for Certificate in Film Studies.