This new edition of Latin American History Goes to the Movies uses a variety of feature films as a method of studying key historical themes in Latin America, from pre-Columbian cultures to contemporary debates.

The book provides historical context as a way of interpreting Latin American filmography, offering multiple classroom viewing options per chapter theme. Each chapter is dedicated to a central concept or issue, such as stereotypes, conquest and colonialism, revolution, religion, gender, and politics. The second edition includes four additional chapters on dictatorships, LGBTQIA+ issues, the environment, and Indigenous peoples. Twenty new films, including La Fiesta del Chivo, Fresa y Chocolate, Embrace of the Serpent, and Roma appear throughout this edition, presenting additional perspectives and updates for today’s readers. The discussions of films and the history behind them offer a flexible and nuanced approach to understanding Latin American cultures, differentiating between stereotypical depictions and the realities of history.

Concise and accessible, Latin American History Goes to the Movies is a unique resource for students and instructors in Latin American history and film studies to analyse developments in Latin America throughout previous centuries.

chapter 1|13 pages

Stereotypes of Latin America

chapter 2|16 pages

Pre-Columbian Cultures

chapter 3|15 pages

The Great Encounter

The Enigma of Christopher Columbus

chapter 4|17 pages

The Conquest of Latin America

chapter 5|12 pages

Imperialism and Colonialism

chapter 7|20 pages

Revolutionary Latin America

chapter 8|15 pages

Religion in Latin America

chapter 9|17 pages

Women in Latin America

chapter 12|25 pages

Dictatorships in Latin America

chapter 13|17 pages

LGBTQIA+ Issues in Latin America

chapter 14|14 pages

Environmental Issues in Latin America

chapter 15|15 pages

Indigenous Peoples in Modern Latin America

chapter 16|14 pages

Latino Culture in the United States