Periphery, Blackness and experimentation in the 21st century cinema

From 2003 on, internal movements of the audiovisual sector, together with a series of inputs provided by public policies, sought to address the geographic and social centrality that marked Brazilian cultural and cinematographic production throughout the 20th century.

These policies, implemented during the administration of ministers Gilberto Gil and Juca Ferreira, rejected the pattern of “taking” culture to peripheral regions from the center, such as Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, to activate new agents and production territories, through the implementation cultural spots, open calls, among many other initiatives.

As a result there is the glaring emergence of a diversity of filmmakers from new spaces, characters hitherto left out of the national cultural production, who come to the forefront of the national audiovisual with new approaches and possibilities of reflecting upon the aesthetics of contemporary Brazilian cinema.

While the historical intellectual elite yearns for tradition, authenticity, and popular expressions aligned with Aesthetics or with the Cosmetology of Hunger, much of this new generation of filmmakers seems to be closer to the Aesthetics of the Dream advocated by Glauber Rocha: a production of defragmented imagery, especially compromised with delirium and with radical experimentation.

The panel Periphery, Blackness and experimentation in the 21st century cinema intends to debate these new aesthetics, signifiers and meanings that subvert the logics of blackness and periphery established as common until then.