Paraiso terrenal, mujeres bellas, gente cordial: Gender performances and narratives of modernity in La Sierra

D Martin

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Abstract

La Sierra (Martínez and Dalton, 2005), a portrait of a paramilitary-run community on Medellín's eastern edge, is both anthropological study and self-conscious creator of narratives. The documentary is both globally and locally inserted, and straddles both generic and public/private boundaries. The article discusses the film's self-conscious examination of gender performances, describing the way it plays out the conflicting demands of masculinity on the male body. It argues that the responses of feminine desire and identity to the various masculine models may subvert dominant codes through (re) citation and failed interpellation. Central to the article's argument is the notion that through female desire, the film performs Colombian undecidability surrounding masculine violence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-393
Number of pages13
JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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