Hemisphere

Hemisphere is a magazine specializing in Social Science topics.

Articles from Spring

Against the Tide: Efforts to Revive Bolivian Film. (Photo Essay)
Bolivia has not produced many films over the decades, but several of those it has released rank as gems of Latin American cinema. Currently, despite years of economic recession, both national and regional efforts to support film production have resulted...
B-Movies in the Pampas: Roger Corman's Co-Productions in Argentina. (Features: Argentina)
In a period when a deep economic crisis has profoundly affected all sectors of the Argentine economy, filmmakers face a grave challenge in financing films and keeping the national film industry afloat. Although the current financial crisis is not the...
Brazil's "Chanchadas": Belair and the Laughter of Mockery and Despair. (Reports)
Film scholars only recently have begun to explore the connections between the Brazilian chanchada genre of the 1950s and the dark comedies that characterized the output of the post-Cinema Novo movement which came to be known as cinema marginal. This...
Cine a Lo Chileno: The Challenges of Production in a Fledgling Market. (Features: Chile)
Hasn't anyone told you that the Chilean film industry doesn't exist?" Daniel Henriquez, president of the Chilean Association of Short Film Producers (ACORCH), asked me when I explained to him that I was researching the "renovation" of the Chilean film...
From the Editor
This issue of Hemisphere coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Miami International Film Festival, presented by Florida International University. This year's festival features a special focus on Ibero-American cinema, including a new program, Encuentros...
Madness or Divine Sense? Revisiting Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden. (Reports: Art and Accountability)
Torture, disappearances, murder: In the twentieth century, repressive regimes in Latin America have committed a mind-boggling array of human rights abuses against their own citizens. What marks do the survivors of such horrific experiences bear, and...
Making Movies in Latin America: Reports from the Region. (Reports: Country Overviews)
CHILE Ignacio Aliaga Director, Cinema and Audiovisual Arts Area, Cultural Division, Ministry of Education Film production in Chile is essentially private, with state support through government policies and funding. In the last three years, Chile has...
Recent Film and Video Sources. (Publications Update)
As recently as a few years ago, audiovisual materials were considered a rather exotic reference source and seldom appeared in scholarly research papers. Now, all of that has changed; non-print items have gone mainstream and are frequently quoted in...
Tales of Corruption: Mexico's Cinema Dennunciation. (Features)
Some of the biggest box office hits in Mexican cinema in the past two decades offer a denunciation of corruption in the highest spheres of power. Typically, they tell the tale of characters who initially resist temptation, but later learn to use and...
The City as Protagonist: The Mexican Capital's Changing Role on Screen
Mexico City in Contemporary Mexican Cinema, by David William Foster. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002. In this timely study of the imaginary/metaphorical rather than "real" space known as Mexico City, David William Foster delves deeply into...
The Sleepless Screen: A Brief History of Cuban Cinema. (Features: Cuba)
The Cuban passion for film traces back to the nineteenth century, specifically, Havana in 1897. That year brought the visit of Gabriel Veyre, a representative of the French studio Lumiere, who traveled to Cuba from Mexico to demonstrate the invention...