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Uncharted Cartographies: Remapping Latin America Through Cinema

Film Series
Nov 5—Nov 11, 2021
Part of Film 2021

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cinema Tropical, the leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the United States, BAM presents unique and playful pairings of feature-length and short narrative, documentary, and experimental films that challenge traditional tropes of Latin American culture and politics.

Addressing issues of race, privilege, the indigenous experience, history, domestic service, and narcos, among other topics, Uncharted Cartographies offers novel ways to think about and creatively remap conceptions of Latin America in order to better reflect the often overlooked heterogeneity of the region.

Featuring films from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, the United States, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

Programmed by Jesse Trussell, BAM Senior Programmer, Film; and Carlos A. Gutiérrez, Executive Director, Cinema Tropical. Special thanks to Cecilia Barrionuevo.

Additional support from the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University.

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.

Jerome L. Greene Foundation


Leadership support for BAM Film provided by the Ford Foundation and The Thompson Family Foundation ­


End Of The Century
Back to the Future

These three films address existential time travel and masculinity, queer and heterosexual.

Fri, Nov 5, 2021
The Past Is Prologue

These three films deconstruct traditional South American narratives as political allegories.

Sat, Nov 6, 2021
Medida Provisória (Executive Order)

People revolt against a dystopian government's racism. Acclaimed actor Lázaro Ramos directs.

Sat, Nov 6, 2021
Uncharted Cartographies
Rethinking the Favela

Juliana Antunes' debut feature, paired with André Novais Oliveira's debut fiction film.

Sun, Nov 7, 2021
Uncharted Cartographies
The Narco Will Be Televised

Four films investigate the prevailing Latinx narco narrative with humor and self-reflection.

Sun, Nov 7, 2021
Still Burn
Family Ties

Ancestors of authoritarian presidents of Bolivia and Mexico confront their family legacies.

Mon, Nov 8, 2021
Uncharted Cartographies
Ni de aquí ni de allá

Border-town Mexican-American debutantes—and a teen romance between two Latinas in East L.A.

Tue, Nov 9, 2021
Uncharted Cartographies
Maid in Latin America

Two films explore intimacy and power dynamics between domestic servants and their employers.

Wed, Nov 10, 2021
Grandfather Tote
Generational Conversations

Documentaries about family and indigenous roots—and a rural couple waits for their son.

Thu, Nov 11, 2021