Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

La representación de los procesos de construcción de la identidad en los contextos interculturales de dos películas mexicanas sobre la Conquista

Alexandra Jablonska Zaborowska


Some of the foundational myths about Mexican identity are revised ¿a this article by focusing on two contemporary films dealing with «La Conquista», Cabeza de Vaca (1990) and Bartolomé de Las Casas (1992). Both films depart from the former Latin-American tradition of condemnation of the official historical construct creared around rite Spanish colonization in America. The individual figures of the homonymous protagonists become the link between the colonial and colonized cultures by favouring dialogue and the engagement with the «other» culture. However their inability to transcend the binary opposition civilized / underdeveloped culture projects a condescending view of the indigenous culture rather than any positive identification or hybridization. As a consequence, the image of the Mexican colonization emanating from these films remains unsatisfactory, since the given positions of authority ciad subaltern are not fully questioned or subverted within the films’ dynamics.

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