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Not the same ones you sang when you were little: children, Spain and Chapero-Jackson’s Alumbramiento

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Abstract:

Although the title Alumbramiento references childbirth, children are conspicuously absent throughout the film: motherhood defines Maria, but not her children. In framing death by referencing the absence of children, the film also comments on the discontinuous nature of the post-Francoist Spanish family.

Keywords: Franco; Spain; children; motherhood; short films

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/sfs.1.2.187_1

Affiliations: American University

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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