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Latin American films often take us by surprise for their candid criticism of the state of their nations and its politics In the States we rarely attack contemporary problems that our nation is faced with generally creating fictional premises or using historical events that have already been subjected to pubic condemnation The recent memories of dramatic political upheaval and huge gaps in the welfare of the people in countries such as Brazil Argentina and Cuba create feeling of frustration that is often reflected in their films Films such as Terra em Trance Brazil The Official Story Camilla Argentina Memories of Underdevelopment Cuba and The Green Wall Peru are characterized by the filmmakers approach to dealing with the politics and the division between the civilized and underdeveloped peoples A common theme throughout the cinema of these nations is the apathy of the population For some part these political films are used as a call to action to the normally passive audience In Glauber Rochas Terra em Trance the assessment of Brazils population as mindless followers is clear During a political rally towards the finale of the film the crowd stares vacantly ahead silent as the one character that is aware strides among them chastising them for their ignorance Throughout the picture he encounters those who are content with the current situation and those who blindly follow the wind of change The revolutionary crowd believes in ideals and chants and the stagnant leadership strides about believing he has a mandate from god to lead There is an interesting double edge to Rochas sword insofar that neither party is ever spared of his judgment Rich No one in the film ever makes a transition to truly fight for the right cause as the right cause is never revealed Argentinas The Official Story directed by Luis Puenzo has takes a much more optimistic view situation Although Alicia is ignorant and resistant to the corruption early on she eventually has
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