FILM: When the Mountains Tremble (screening in Student Union Theater)
Lecture by Dr. Rigoberta Menchú
Talk by Rigoberta Menchú will be streamed and will reside online at the address below should anyone wish to access it:
READ: Longo, Teresa. “When the Mountains Tremble: Images of Ethnicity in a Transcultural Text.” Hispanic Issues 15 (1997): 77 – 91.
A few questions to help you prepare your posts for this topic. Remember these are only suggestions. You are free and encouraged to take your own spin on the topic:
- What is Rigoberta Menchú’s role within the documentary beyond simply being one of the (main) narrator(s)? Why should the viewer trust her as a narrator? What effect does her representation and her delivery have on the objective of the documentary?
- How are the aesthetics manipulated in the documentary? What is the purpose behind this?
- Teresa Longo states that the “focus [of the documentary] is more transcultural than ethnocentric and objectifying (77).” Do you agree that filmmakers, Yates, Siegel, and Konoy, are successful?
- A documentary produced by and one can assume for a U.S. audience gives a very specific representation of an indigenous Latin American community (and woman). What are some possible repercussions of this documentary being the “image” U.S. audiences takes of Latin America? How does this fit/contradict other representations pervasive of Latinas in mainstream media?