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Not Child's Play: Tactics and Strategies in Viva Cuba and Habanastation

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dunja Fehimovic


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Recognition of the national and international contexts in which Viva Cuba (Juan Carlos Cremata, 2005) and Habanastation (Ian Padron, 2011) were made and marketed highlights the coexistence of a pragmatic, tactical approach to filmmaking with the expression of specific, national concerns. Indeed, the two elements are inextricable, since both directors exploit the association of children with universality and the apolitical in order to pursue both personal and national goals, so that these films for children, about children must be seen not as child's play but as contracandelas: strategic and affective responses to uncertainty and threat.

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Author(s): Fehimovic D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Bulletin of Latin American Research

Year: 2015

Volume: 34

Issue: 4

Pages: 503-516

Print publication date: 01/10/2015

Online publication date: 01/05/2015

Acceptance date: 23/01/2015

ISSN (print): 0261-3050

ISSN (electronic): 1470-9856

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/blar.12368


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