Sociology Department and the Centre for Urban and Community Research present: Streetsigns Latin American Edition Launch
Date : Friday 22 May 2015
Time : 18.00 – 20.30 hrs
With special guest: Ana Rosas Mantecón,
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico, speaking on :
‘Going to the Movies today: Diversity and Inclusion in the 21st Century’
Latin American film industries seem more alive than ever, if aspects such as production, screening infrastructure and audience development are considered in the analysis. Mexico, for instance, occupies the fourth place in numbers of cinemas and viewers worldwide. However, there are some paradoxes in the way the number of cinemas in big cities has increased hugely, but numbers in rural areas have decreased to extinction; and while local film production is on the rise, movie theatres exhibit mostly Hollywood films which get prime time slots in the best cinema-going seasons of the year.
On the other hand, consumer choices have been reorganized, changing the place occupied by “going to the movies” in the cultural practices of Latin American viewers. Today we watch more films than ever but through television, pirate videos, mobiles and the Internet. This paper outlines this landscape and the features of a film policy that, going beyond the focus on production, might open the chances for a broader audience.
The presentation will be followed by reception and live music from Banda Condorito.
You can see the online edition of the journal Streetsigns 2015 here : http://www.gold.ac.uk/cucr/vurbanism/streetsigns%20publication/