In the past decade, Latin America has witnessed the emergence of a new generation of democratically elected left-wing leaders who, in most cases, have made history just by winning the presidential elections in their traditionally right-wing countries. Moreover, by breaking up with local political inertia, these leaders have helped establish a new political landscape throughout the region. Though this phenomenon appears to have given rise to a homogenous and consistent regional block, most of these leaders emerged from the diverse and sometimes conflicting traditions of the Latin American Left and from disparate local contexts.
"¡REVOLUCIÓN! The New Latin American Left" is an original film series comprising six documentary films about some of these new regional leaders. This event aims to start a constructive and engaging dialogue about the similarities, differences, challenges and risks of the diverse expressions of the contemporary Left in Latin America, while also discussing the immediate and long-term future of the region.
Each film will be introduced by a specialist in Latin American studies and followed by a moderated discussion session among the audience.
Sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Studies, the Department of Political Science, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, the Department of History and Rice Cinema at Rice University; the Department of Political Science at The University of Houston; and Cinema Tropical, New York.
Mexico: Fraude: Mexico 2006
(Luis Mandoki, Mexico, 2007, 110 min. Spanish with English subtitles.)
A controversial documentary from acclaimed director Luis Mandoki, "Fraude: México 2006" follows the most recent presidential election in Mexico, which polarized the country and has continued to haunt the local political landscape. The film recapitulates -- using, in some instances, footage from ordinary citizens -- many of the irregularities, inconsistencies and misdeeds before, during and after this very contested election that ultimately raised issues about its validity and fairness.
Moderator: Moramay López Alonso, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of History, Rice University