Digital access, genre bending: Four Seasons in Havana (Viscarret, 2016) and the Ibero-American audio-visual space
The rapid flow of digital technologies propels us to consider how they may be modifying film and television production and distribution practices, how media formats are transforming and what kinds of contexts of viewership this may be creating. Using the example of Netflix in Latin America, I reflect upon the ways the company, through its online distribution practices, as much as through its newer role as producer, targets niche markets, while universalizing local products. Fundamentally, it is changing local and regional media environments and the ways we relate to them. Focusing on the miniseries Four Seasons in Havana (Viscarret, 2016), I address how streaming services and their move into original programming promote transnational alliances, which is reflected in the narratives and the loosening of media categories as we know them. Format distinctions between film and other forms of audio-visual media are blurring, and new formats may be qualifying cultural patterns differently, ultimately, contributing to the permanent re-creation of transnational imaginaries.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: DePaul University
Publication date: June 1, 2019
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