Cinema And The Sandinistas

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Overview

Following the Sandinista Revolution in 1979, young bohemian artists rushed to the newly formed Nicaraguan national film institute INCINE to contribute to "the recovery of national identity" through the creation of a national film project. Over the next eleven years, the filmmakers of INCINE produced over seventy films—documentary, fiction, and hybrids—that collectively reveal a unique vision of the Revolution drawn not from official FSLN directives, but from the filmmakers' own cinematic interpretations of the Revolution as they were living it.

This book examines the INCINE film project and assesses its achievements in recovering a Nicaraguan national identity through the creation of a national cinema. Using a wealth of firsthand documentation—the films themselves, interviews with numerous INCINE personnel, and INCINE archival records—Jonathan Buchsbaum follows the evolution of INCINE's project and situates it within the larger historical project of militant, revolutionary filmmaking in Latin America. His research also raises crucial questions about the viability of national cinemas in the face of accelerating globalization and technological changes which reverberate far beyond Nicaragua's experiment in revolutionary filmmaking.

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Editorial Reviews

The Journal of Latin American Anthropology
The book provides an invaluable resource for Latin American film scholars, scholars of contemporary Nicaraguan state formation, and cultural studies scholars intrigued with larger questions concerning the relationship between the arts, social change, mediation, and globalization.
— Patricia L. Price
The Journal of Latin American Anthropology - Patricia L. Price
The book provides an invaluable resource for Latin American film scholars, scholars of contemporary Nicaraguan state formation, and cultural studies scholars intrigued with larger questions concerning the relationship between the arts, social change, mediation, and globalization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292705241
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Texas Film and Media Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Buchsbaum is Associate Professor of Media Studies at Queens College, City University of New York.
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Table of Contents

List of Acronyms
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1: The Creation of INCINE
Chapter 2: The First Noticieros
Chapter 3: The Second Year
Chapter 4: The New Generation
Chapter 5: In Search of Policy
Chapter 6: Breaking the Mold
Chapter 7: Documentaries
Chapter 8: The Reality of Fiction
Chapter 9: Dashed Ambitions: The Reach for Features
Chapter 10: Toward the End of Third Cinema
Appendix: Diagrams, Plans, Charts, and Documents
Filmography
Interviews
Notes
Bibliographic Essay
Index
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