The Need to Compromise Existence. Nation and Decolonization in the Bolivian Cinema of the Neoliberal Era

Diego Mattos Vazualdo


The aim of this essay is twofold: to analyze post-dictatorial Bolivian filmic discourse on the thematic of the nation vis-à-vis processes of decolonization, and to observe the effect that this relation had in the formation of subjectivities during the so called  “neoliberal” era . Toward this end, I examine three films that reflect on the colonial condition of the nation through cinematographic language: Mi socio (Paolo Agazzi, 1982), La nación clandestina (Jorge Sanjinés, 1989), and American Visa (Juan Carlos Valdivia, 2005). 


Community; Decolonization; Filmic Discourse; Nation Building; Subalternity

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