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Isabel Seguí

Andean Political Cinema. A Counter-Patriarchal Approach.

Supervised by: Dr Leshu Torchin

My dissertation contributes to the subversion of Film History’s patriarchal bias, through a specific case study: Andean political cinema of the 70s and 80s. I analyze collective cinematic practices in terms of power and sexual division of labour, shedding light on a substantial number of women filmmakers and video makers, hitherto overlooked.


Articles in Academic Journals

“Beatriz Palacios: Ukamau’s Cornerstone (1974-2003).” Latin American Perspectives. Special Issue “Gender, Sexuality, Film and Media in Latin America: Challenging Representation and Structures.” Kristi Wilson and Clara Garavelli (eds.). (Forthcoming)

“Auteurism, Machismo-Leninismo, and Other Issues: Women’s Labor in Andean Oppositional Film Production.” Feminist Media Histories, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Winter 2018): 11-36.

“The Embodied Testimony of Domitila Chungara in The Courage of the People (Jorge Sanjinés, 1971).” Interlitteraria Vol. 22, No 1 (2017): 125-138.

“Saturnino Huillca, Estrella del Documental Revolucionario Peruano.” Cine Documental 13 (2016): 54-87.

“Jorge Sanjinés. Actualización bio-filmográfica.” Archivos de la Filmoteca 71(2013): 39-54.

Book Chapter

“El Empoderamiento de los Personajes Femeninos en el Cine del Grupo Ukamau (1965-1971)” in Me veo luego existo. Mujeres que Representan, Mujeres Representadas. Eds. Esther Alba and Luis Pérez Ochando. Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2015: 439-453.

Conference Papers:

“The Exclusion of Women from the Histories of Latin American Political Cinema: Auteurism, Western Aesthetics, and Machismo-Leninismo.” Doing Women’s Film and Television History IV. University of Southampton, 23-25 May, 2018.

“’The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.’ Auteurism and Formalis as Problematic Approaches to Inscribe Women in Latin American Political Film Histories.” Post Graduate Conference. Department of Film Studies. University St Andrews, 3-4 May, 2018.

“The Women of 68 in Bolivian Cinema. Inscribing Them in History.” Society for Latin American Studies Annual Conference. University of Southampton (Winchester), 22-23 March, 2018.

“STARRING: Domitila Chungara and the Housewives’ Committee.” Women in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (WISPS) XVIII Annual Conference. University of Leeds, 10-11 November, 2017.

“María Barea, Non-Authorial Filmmaker.” Latin American Women’s Filmmaking Conference. Institute of Latin American Studies. University of London, 18-19 September, 2017.

“Embodied testimonies of Subaltern Women in Andean Collaborative Cinema: The Cases of Ukamau (Bolivia) and Warmi (Peru).” European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) Conference. Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. Paris, 28 June-1 July, 2017.

“Warmi: Pioneer Peruvian Women’s Film Collective.” Post Graduate Conference. Department of Film Studies. University St Andrews, 27-28 April, 2017.

“Ch’ixi, Misti or Q’ara Filmmaking? Ukamau’s Cinematic Processes and Practices in the Andes.” Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) Annual Conference. University of Glasgow, 6-7 April, 2017.

“The Collection of Spectators’ Testimonies in Bolivian Political Cinema,” Edinburgh International Film Audiences Conference, Queen Margaret University, 30-31 March, 2017.

“The mediation of the image/voice of the indigenous leader Saturnino Huillca in Runan Caycu (Nora de Izcue, 1973),” International Seminar Practices and New Perspectives in Peruvian and Latin American Documentary Cinema, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú (Lima-Peru), 9-16 November, 2016

“Domitila Chungara: Transmedia Testimonies for a Proletarian Public Sphere,” II Interdisciplinary Colloquium Film and Audiovisual Studies. Audiovisual Studies Research Group (GESTA). Montevideo (Uruguay), 15-17 September, 2016.

“The Role of the Wife-Producer in Andean Cinematic Practices: The Case of Beatriz Palacios,” Women’s Doing Film and Television III Conference. De Montfort University (Leicester), 18-20 May, 2016.

“Creative Reenactment in Banners of the Dawn, a Filmic Testimony by Beatriz Palacios and Jorge Sanjinés,” Postgraduate Conference, Department of Film Studies, University of St Andrews, 28-29 April, 2016.

“Depatriarchalising the Gaze on Andean Political Cinema of the 70s. The Case of Ukamau and Kuntur groups,” Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) Annual Conference. University of Liverpool (UK), 7-8 April, 2016.

“Sacrifice, Invisibilisation and Rebellion of Women in Andean Political Filmmaking: The Cases of Beatriz Palacios, Danielle Caillet and Pilar Roca,” Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland Conference. University of Northumbria (Newcastle) 4-6 April, 2016.

“Body Politics and Counter-Public Sphere in Domitila Chungara’s Testimonies,” Conference ‘Creativity, Political Repression and Censorship in the Iberian and Ibero-American Context co-organized by the Fundação Saramago and the Center for Comparative Studies. Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal), 29-30 October, 2015.

“The empowerment of the feminine characters in Ukamau’s cinema, 1965-1971,” International Conference Me veo luego existo. Mujeres que Representan, Mujeres Representadas. University of Valencia (Spain), 5-7 November, 2013.

Book Reviews:

Deborah Martin and Deborah Shaw, Latin American Women Filmmakers: Production, Politics, Poetics (London: I.B. Tauris, 2017) book review featured in Frames Cinema Journal 12.

Elizabeth Ramírez and Catalina Donoso, Nomadías: El cine de Marilú Mallet, Valeria Sarmiento y Angelina Vázquez (Santiago de Chile: Metales Pesados, 2015) book review featured in Cine Documental 16: 257-261.

Stephen Hart, Latin American Cinema (London: Reaktion, 2015) book review featured in Frames Cinema Journal 9.

Scholarly Awards:

  • Society for Latin American Studies. Conference Grant Award, 2018.
  • Society for Latin American Studies. Conference and Events Grant for the organisation of the one-day symposium “The Ukamau Group: New Perspectives,” University of St Andrews, 2018.
  • Women in Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies. Conference Grant, 2017.
  • Society for Latin American Studies. Conference Grant Award, 2017.
  • St Leonard’s-Santander. Research Mobility Award. Trip to Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador. September 2016.
  • Society for Latin American Studies. Conference Grant Award, 2016.
  • Society for Latin American Studies. Postgraduate Travel Grant. Trip to Bolivia and Peru. June-August 2015.
  • Universitat de Valencia. Aula de Cinema. Travel Grant. Trip to Bolivia, September 2012.

Research Grants and Fellowships:

Scottish Universities Research Collections Associate Scheme Grant. Project: “The Grierson Sisters at the Grierson Collection (University of Stirling),” 2018.

Doctoral Research Scholarship. Santander 600, Andean Women’s Oppositional Filmmaking, 2014-2017.

PhD Scholarship. University of St Andrews, Andean Women’s Oppositional Filmmaking, 2014-2017.


Organiser. Seminar: ‘The Ukamau Group: New Perspectives on Cinematic Practices, Overshadowed Practitioners, and Texts,’ University of St Andrews, Department of Film Studies. May 28, 2018.

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Interview. Podcast Feminist Media Histories. Shelley Stamp, Editor, interviews guest editor Denise McKenna and contributors Diane Wei Lewis, Helen Warner, and Isabel Seguí, 2018.


Member of the Stirring Committee. Latin American Women’s Filmmaking Conference, Senate House, University of London, 18 and 19 September 2017. ILAS (Institute of Latin American Studies. University of London). CEHMAL (Centre for Latin American Women’s History Studies).


Curator of retrospective ‘Saturnino Huillca Superstar’ at Censurados Film Festival, Lima (Peru), February 16-21, 2016.


Co-organiser. Workshop ‘Working with Affect, Feelings and Emotions in Film and Humanities Research’ Department of Film Studies. University of St Andrews, February 2016.

Co-organiser ‘Latin American Film Club.’ University of St Andrews. Centre for Amerindian Studies. Academic years 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Co-organiser. Post Graduate Annual Conference. Department of Film Studies. University of St Andrews, April 2015.

2014, Curator film series ‘Peasant Struggles, Filmic Insurgence: The Ukamau Group’ University of Valencia, May 2014.


2013, Co-curator film series ‘Loss of Human Rights in Times of Crisis.’ Amnesty International and Engineers Without Borders, February 2013.

2012, Co-curator film series ‘Resistance and Dissidence.’ University of Valencia and Engineers Without Borders, March-June 2012.



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