Andean female representation on Peruvian films from the internal armed conflict

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Title Andean female representation on Peruvian films from the internal armed conflict
Creator Dettlef, James A; Universidad Católica del Perú
Subject Representation; film; Andean; Perú
Description This paper focuses on the representation of Andean female characters (indigenous) in Peruvian films set in the Internal Armed Conflict (IAC 1980–1999) and their relationship with male characters from the coast and from the Peruvian Andes. Using the discourse analysis method, the paper shows how this is an uneven power representation, where the female indigenous character is portrayed as the lowest step of the social-economic scale, with no agency or any self-power to free herself from her own situation. This work analyzes La boca del lobo (1988), the first Peruvian film set during the IAC, in which Andean women have a secondary role, stripping away from them any possibility of being empowered subjects. This way of portraying the Andean women answers to a patriarchal and racist structure, which not only shows Andean females as powerless, as subaltern subjects, victims of psychological and sexual violence, but also makes invisible the role that they had during the IAC. Women’s role mainly consisted in confronting both the abuses performed by the terrorist groups and by the Peruvian armed forces. This powerless portrayal was maintained in other audiovisual Peruvian productions—as analyzed in my ongoing PhD research—and has established a vision of the Andean female as a diminished subject and also contributed to build the Andean people—mainly women—as the “other” in the IAC. To understand how non-indigenous people of Lima have built an image of the main victims of the IAC may help rebuild this war-torn nation, since race and gender differences are still problems Peru must resolve.
Publisher Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios - UNIMINUTO
Date 2018-09-27
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Format application/pdf
Source MEDIACIONES; Vol. 14, Núm. 21 (2018): JULIO-DICIEMBRE; 3-18
Language spa
Rights Copyright (c) 2018 MEDIACIONES

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