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The New Latin American Cinema movement, which emerged just after the Cuban Revolution of 1959, sought to expose the inequalities of social class: of bourgeois oppressors and colonizers versus the common man. The films and practitioners of the movement, however, failed to engage with the disenfranchisement of women. Lucrecia Martel is an Argentine director and screenwriter. This thesis provides an analysis of Martel’s three feature films, La ciénaga [The Swamp] (2001), La niña santa [The Holy Girl] (2004), and La mujer sin cabeza [The Headless Woman] (2008) through the theoretical lens of feminist film theory, and the comparative, historical lens of the New Latin American Cinema -- constructed of historical background, manifestos, scholarly literature, and films of the movement. The result of this analysis is an articulation of the ways in which Martel uses and transforms elements of the New Latin American Cinema, maintaining some of its radical practices and philosophies while simultaneously subverting its patriarchal norms in order to construct a feminist response to the NLAC’s failure to engage with the disenfranchisement of women.

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Fra-Molinero, Baltasar

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Bachelor of Arts

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