Title

También la lluvia y Cumbite: activismo, actores y agua

Subject Area

Film and Literary Studies

Abstract

In this paper, I will explore the quest for water as presented in Tomás Gutiérrez's 1964 Cuban film Cumbite, set in Haiti, as well as in Icíar Bollaín's 2010 film También la lluvia, which is set in Bolivia. Both films depict the dire poverty of Afro-Caribbean people, in the case of Haiti, and indigenous people, in the case of Bolivia, who struggle against pervading neo-colonialist policies that impede their struggles for self-sufficiency. By analyzing the different responses to the problem of obtaining water, I plan to show how a collective and collaborative approach to solving the problem is also a subversion of the institutionalized social hierarchy with its inherent racist and class discriminatory practices that uphold the oppressive infrastructure.

Brief Bio Note

William Deaver is a professor of Spanish at Armstrong State University. His BA is in English and his MA is in Spanish, both from the University of Virginia. His PhD is in Spanish from Florida State University. His research interests are film and literature.

Keywords

Bollaín, Gutiérrez Alea, Bolivia, Cuba, Haiti, agua, lluvia, cumbite

Location

Room 218/220

Presentation Year

April 2018

Start Date

4-6-2018 3:45 PM

Embargo

11-27-2017

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Apr 6th, 3:45 PM

También la lluvia y Cumbite: activismo, actores y agua

Room 218/220

In this paper, I will explore the quest for water as presented in Tomás Gutiérrez's 1964 Cuban film Cumbite, set in Haiti, as well as in Icíar Bollaín's 2010 film También la lluvia, which is set in Bolivia. Both films depict the dire poverty of Afro-Caribbean people, in the case of Haiti, and indigenous people, in the case of Bolivia, who struggle against pervading neo-colonialist policies that impede their struggles for self-sufficiency. By analyzing the different responses to the problem of obtaining water, I plan to show how a collective and collaborative approach to solving the problem is also a subversion of the institutionalized social hierarchy with its inherent racist and class discriminatory practices that uphold the oppressive infrastructure.