Third Cinema

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Third Cinema

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In 1969 two Argentinian filmmakers, Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino, wrote a manifesto called Towards A Third Cinema. They defined Hollywood as first cinema and European art films as second cinema both of which did not reflect the needs, desires or realities of third world peoples suffering under imperialism. Another kind of cinema was needed and so they called upon filmmakers in the third world to develop a Third Cinema.

Third Cinema's primary concern was using cinema as a tool in the decolonization of the third world. It called for third world countries to develop a cinema culture that


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In 1969 two Argentinian filmmakers, Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino, wrote a manifesto called Towards A Third Cinema. They defined Hollywood as first cinema and European art films as second cinema both of which did not reflect the needs, desires or realities of third world peoples suffering under imperialism. Another kind of cinema was needed and so they called upon filmmakers in the third world to develop a Third Cinema.

Third Cinema's primary concern was using cinema as a tool in the decolonization of the third world. It called for third world countries to develop a cinema culture that served neither the capitalist concerns of Hollywood's first cinema or second cinema of the self absorbed concerns of European art films, Third Cinema was an alternative for people within the third world to find ways to challenged the cultural colonization it faced.

Third Cinema is the decolonization of culture. It should find ways to inspire and create revolution. It should be a part of a decolonization process. It should look for any and all alternatives in it's creation and exhibition. It should be a tool used to make people politically aware and create dialogue, discussion and debate.

The films grouped here on Vimeo are films that fall somewhere in the tradition of Third Cinema. They are all anti-imperialist films commenting and challenging on the affects of imperialism.

Third World Cinema has created a list of Classic Third Cinema films
thirdcinema.blueskylimit.com/films.html

For more study into Third Cinema the blog Film Studies For Free has complied a group of essays and articles
filmstudiesforfree.blogspot.com/2009/08/studies-of-third-cinema-and-anti.html

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