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The Ukamau Group: New Perspectives on Cinematic Practices, Overshadowed Practitioners, and Texts. One-day Symposium

May 28 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

The Bolivian film group Ukamau developed one of the most remarkable trajectories of Latin American political cinema, since the 1960s. Their work methodology was characterised by the incorporation of the Andean indigenous populations and subaltern subjects to emancipatory cinematic processes in countries (Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador) without well-established film industries. To this end, the Ukamau group created a decolonised cinematic practice and a filmic language based on the Andean cosmovision to communicate effectively and coherently with their target audiences, the Andean indigenous peasant and working-class majorities.

Since the mid-2000s, a new generation of academics in the Anglo-Saxon and Latin American spheres have renewed traditional interpretations about their filmography. This event is designed to offer Ukamau’s specialists, from both sides of the ocean, the possibility of sharing their latest research findings on Ukamau’s practices and texts, with an especial focus on newer perspectives, such as transnational, pan-Andean, decolonial, feminist, and production and labour approaches.

Everyone welcome. Please note that the event is bilingual (English and Spanish).



9.30-10.00. Arrivals and coffee.

10.00-10.05. Opening address by Isabel Seguí.

10.05-10.55.  David M.J. Wood (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México / University of Cambridge), “Ukamau Before Ukamau: Film Culture, Propaganda, and the National Revolution.”

All papers followed by a response by Michael Chanan (University of Roehampton) and group discussion.

10.55-11.30. Screening Aysa (1965). Presented by David Wood.

11.30-12.10. Jonathan Alderman (University of St Andrews), “The social context and consequences of Blood of the Condor (Ukamau, 1969).”

12.10-12.50. María Aimaretti (CONICET-Universidad de Buenos Aires), “Tejidos, elipses y espirales: la memoria(s) como obsesión y práctica política en el Grupo Ukamau.”

12.50-13.30. Break. Lunch Provided.

13.30-14.10. Isabel Seguí (University of St Andrews), “Beatriz Palacios: Ukamau’s Cornerstone (1974-2003).”

14.10-14.50. Molly Geidel (University of Manchester), “The Destruction of the Development Film.”

14.50-15.15. Coffee Break.

15.15-16.00. Short interventions:

Mario Županović (University of Zadar), “Indianismo, Indigenismo, and Cholismo.

Marie-Eve Monette (University of Alabama), “Ukamau’s Legacy and a New Generation of Filmmakers: La Escuela Andina de Cinematografía.”

16.00-16.45. Plenary and future projects.

16.45- 17.00. Final Remarks.