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New Ecuadorian cinema: Small, glocal and plurinational

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This article conceptualizes New Ecuadorian cinema as small, glocal and plurinational. It makes the case that it is a propitious time to study this emergent cinema. However, while it is a heterogeneous film scene, this article argues that it is still traversed by long-standing ethno-racial, class and regional inequalities. After inserting Ecuador’s largely unknown film history into regional trends, different spheres of production are analysed, including mestizo fictionalized narratives, activist documentaries, indigenous and community filmmaking and coastal ‘guerilla’ filmmaking. The article looks at both the accomplishments of the sector and current challenges. It proposes that more state and private funds invest in fostering plurinational and regional initiatives, and cultivating diverse makers and audiences.
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Keywords: Ecuadorian film; Latin American cinemas; New Ecuadorian cinema; community media; glocal cinema; indigenous media; plurinational; small cinemas

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Universidad de las Américas

Publication date: September 1, 2017

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