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Brazilian Women's FilmmakingFrom Dictatorship to Democracy$
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Leslie L. Marsh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037252

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037252.001.0001

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Widening the Screen

Widening the Screen

Independent and Alternative Film and Video, 1983 to 1988

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Brazilian Women's Filmmaking

Leslie L. Marsh

University of Illinois Press

This chapter presents a historiography of a select group of Brazilian women's independent, alternative film and video production during the 1980s, which contributed to new definitions of citizenship during the last years of the dictatorship and the transition toward democracy. Concomitant to the goal to define new political and cultural identities, Brazilian women's alternative media at the time sought to reclaim and expand citizenship rights by intervening in understandings of brasilidade (Brazilian cultural identity) and shaping debates surrounding issues such as abortion and women's access to healthcare. The chapter then examines works by film and video maker Eunice Gutman, the Lilith Video Collective—a group of three women who dedicated themselves to bringing greater awareness to women's issues as the Brazilian constitution was being rewritten, and the feminist nongovernmental organization SOS-Corpo.

Keywords:   alternative media, citizenship, democracy, brasilidade, Brazilian cultural identity, Eunice Gutman, Lilith Video Collective, SOS-Corpo

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