"Cinematic Depictions of the Amazon Rainforest," forthcoming in Pushing Past the Human in Latin American Cinema. Ed. Gisela Heffes and Carolyn Fornhoff. New York: SUNY UP.
In this chapter, I trace evolving representations of Amazonian nature in Latin American cinema, from the very first moving images shot in the region by Brazilian pioneer filmmaker Silvino Santos (In the Country of the Amazons, 1922), through movies focused on environmental issues, such as Iracema, An Amazonian Love Affair (Jorge Bodanzky and Orlando Senna, 1981), to more recent takes on the Amazonian river basin that combine environmentalism with a keen attention to local knowledges and non-Western modes of existence (as in the critically acclaimed Embrace of the Serpent by Ciro Gomes, 2016). My goal is both to identify tropes that have remained unchanged in depictions of the area and to identify shifts in the cinematic portrayal of the region, which speak to the ways in which the human perception of the environment has changed in the last one hundred years.
"Natural and Social Landscapes in the Work of Portuguese Women Directors," forthcoming in Women's Cinema in Contemporary Portugal. Ed. Hilary Owen and Mariana Liz. New York and London: Bloomsbury.
In this chapter I examine the depiction of nature in cinema by Portuguese women directors and the correlation between portrayals of the environment and social and political commentary. I analyze, among other filmmakers, the work of
Noémia Delgado, Teresa Villaverde and Margarida Cardoso.