The color of cinema: researcher analyzes black presence in highest-grossing Brazilian movies

Luisa Santana will present her study of black people’s presence in the 10 highest-grossing Brazilian movies each year between 2007 and 2016.
Social Sciences
08 October 2019
The color of cinema: researcher analyzes black presence in highest-grossing Brazilian movies

On October 9, at 10:30 am, the Laboratory for Visual Culture Studies (LECV) at the FGV´s School of Social Sciences (CPDOC) will host a talk by social scientist Luisa Santana titled “The color of cinema – an analysis of black people’s presence in highest-grossing Brazilian movies.” The event will be held in room 1027 in FGV’s main building (Praia de Botafogo, 190, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro).

The guest will present her study of black people’s presence in the 10 highest-grossing Brazilian movies each year between 2007 and 2016. Based on the understanding that commercial cinema has the potential not just to reproduce ideologies but also create expressions in cultural and consumer habits, Santana calls for reflection on the construction of racial images by popular movies in Brazil, especially for black, mixed-race and white groups.

Santana is a member of FGV CPDOC’s Oral History Program and its Audiovisual and Documentary Center. Her research focuses on cinema and racism. She is a member of NEGRA, a study group for black students, and one of FGV CPDOC’s institutional representatives at the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA).

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