Contested National Identities in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema
Distributed for University of Wales Press
Brazil has long been home to a strong and important film industry, and in recent years Brazilian cinema has been drawing growing attention worldwide, with such films as Central Station and City of God receiving international acclaim. Remaking Brazil takes a close look at Brazilian films released between 1995 and 2010, including Elite Squad, Orfeu, The Trespasser, and Almost Brothers, paying special attention to issues of race, ethnicity, and national identity.
Despite increased interest in ethnic and racial aspects of Brazilian society, until now there has been very little academic research on how these aspects are articulated in contemporary cinema. Tatiana Signorelli Heise fills that gap, focusing on the idea of the nation as an “imagined community” and considering the various ways in which dominant ideas about brasilidade, or Brazilian national consciousness, are dramatized, supported, or attacked in contemporary fiction and documentary films.
Part I: Constructions of Brazilian National Identity
1. Forging the Nation
2. Modernity, Exclusion and Inclusion
3. Identity and Hegemony: The Authoritarian State and Nation-Building
4. Resisting the Hegemonic Discourse
Part II: Brazilian National Identity in Contemporary Films
5. The Brazilian Film Industry in the 1900s and 2000s
6. Celebration: The Brazilian Way of Being
7. Reform: The Land of Samba, Football, Violence and Discrimination
8. Opposition: Visions of Disorder and Regression
9. The Rise of Alternative Social Identities