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Oscar Embargoe From Latin American Directors

Success of Latin American directors at the Academy Awards points out the characteristics of cinema that break the habits in today’s world with discussions focusing on border and refugees

Amovie is first the eye of its director. Each frame, each dialogue, each scene in the movie is the director’s orientation towards his inner world. Directors are naturally affected by their environment, geographies and culture that they have lived in; it is an expected situation. Light or sound captured by the director to the camera are the plan that he wants us to see, it’s his playground. He changes the frame, its color and shape to his own desire. He makes a coding by showing or telling us something. In fact, we read the movie by unlocking these codes.

A SOCIAL MIRROR, THE LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA

Latin America is a huge geography with almost 600 million people speaking different languages, and having diverse cultures and religions. Military coups, political disturbances, unstable governments, civil wars and corruption in this geography are reflected on works of art made by men and naturally to cinema.

Latin America cinema, as part of the socioeconomic impact of the continents, frequently uses crime, youth, poverty, drugs and cartels, fantastic mythology, women and children as movie elements. The continent’s cinema started to be positioned outside the mainstream by creating its own alternative languages since the 1960’s. The Cinema Novo (New Cinema) born in Brazil and the Third Movie movement born in Argentine are a reflection of the characteristics of the Latin America cinema. The proposal of Glauber Rocha entitled “Camera on hand, idea in head…”, one of the leading directors in Cinema Novo movement, is an attribution to the discursive method of the Latin America cinema Fernando Birri, Dos Santos, Marcela Violante, Nelson Villagre, Ferdando Solanas are major actors in the Latin American cinema.

Mexican directors, winning five Best Director Award in the last six years in the Academy Awards, embargoed the Oscars while making the Latin American cinema heard and watched more. Although some movies of these directors clearly follow the path of the mainstream American cinema, we observe global patterns and concepts that are specific to Mexico dominating some sections or the entire movie.

SUCCESS COMING FROM ARTISTIC REPRESENTATION OF LIFE

Success of Latin American directors at the Academy Awards points out the characteristics of cinema that break the habits in today’s world with discussions focusing on border and refugees. In societies living under difficult conditions, the value attributed to cinema’s self-depicting character reveals new ways of artistic story-telling. Thus, the Latin American cinema will remain in cinematic memories in line with its success at the Academy Awards, thanks to its different ways of story-telling.

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