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Gustavo Procopio Furtado

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190867041

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190867041.001.0001

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The Melancholy Subject of History

The Melancholy Subject of History

Intimate Films and the Inheritance of Postdictatorship Memory

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(p.173) 6 The Melancholy Subject of History
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Documentary Filmmaking in Contemporary Brazil
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Gustavo Procopio Furtado

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190867041.003.0007

The memory of political militancy and of the dictatorship (1964–1985) is a frequent topic in recent Brazilian films. This chapter maps out the historical context for these films and offers ways to understand the significance of these works, which deal with the transfer from communicative and embodied forms of remembering to durable memory formats, as well as with the transfer of memory from one generation to another. The chapter discusses films by former political militants, such as João Batista de Andrade, Silvio Da-Rin, and Lúcia Murat, but focuses especially on outstanding new works by the daughters of political militants, such as Petra Costa, Flávia Castro, and Maria Clara Escobar. While the work of former militants emphasizes testimonial memory and indexical records, second-generation works emphasize the fragmentary inheritance of memory and deploy an abundance of familial tropes and forms of filiation and affiliation to negotiate their subject positions vis-à-vis private and public pasts.

Keywords:   postdictatorship memory, mourning and melancholia, postmemory, formats of memory, filiation and affiliation, home movies, orphan films

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