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Professor honoured with retrospective of his films

Michael Chanan, Professor of Film & Video in the Department of Media, Culture and Language is to be honoured with a retrospective of his films in Mexico.

Posted: 22 September 2014

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Michael Chanan, Professor of Film & Video
Professor Chanan, who has a long-standing association with Latin American cinema as both a scholar and a documentary maker, is being honoured with a retrospective of his films at the Filmoteca of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), the country’s most prestigious university, in collaboration with the UNAM’s Film Analysis Seminar.

The retrospective begins with his latest film, Interrupted Memory, which received its world premiere at the Havana International Film Festival in December 2013. A documentary is about memory and politics in Argentina and Chile, Interrupted Memory was made as part of the European-funded Transit scheme in which the University of Roehampton is one of the participant institutions.

Also included are Professor Chanan’s films The American Who Electrified Russia (2009), about a relative whose life was intertwined with the history of the 20th century, and two ‘city films’, one on Detroit and one on London: Detroit: Ruin of a City (2005) and Secret City (2012). The retrospective is rounded off with Three Short Films About Chile (2011), and extracts from his documentaries on Latin American cinema made in the early 1980’s for Channel 4. Information on all these titles can be found on his website.

Professor Chanan is a documentary film-maker, author, editor and translator of books and articles on film and media, on subjects including early cinema and Cuban cinema, the social history of music, and the history of recording.

Professor Chanan said: “Since much of my work as both a filmmaker and a scholar has been concerned with Latin America, I’m not only honoured by this first retrospective of my documentaries, but very happy that it should take place in Mexico, which is actually the first Latin American country I visited in 1973”.

The screenings take place at the Filmoteca’s Sala Carlos Monsiváis from 25-28 September. The programme includes a round table discussion on Chanan’s films with his participation on 26 September. His visit concludes with a keynote speech to the Colloquium on Film Analysis which takes place from 1-3 October.

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