by Kênia Freitas



During times of cultural reconfiguration of social, racial, gender and sexuality dynamics, it has become urgent to think about film criticism in multiple and situated perspectives. Perspectives that incite the consolidation of new audiences and the expansion of the canonic repertoire. Tackling the many standpoints within films, reception and criticism should be a practice that stimulates observation and listening – rather than silencing. More than just a themed approach, during the Corpo Crítico’s [Critical Body] meetings we will propose to identify, in films, how content and form complement and articulate each other.

These articulations may awaken a series of questions: how the narrative focus, points of view and framings are dealt with? How can representation and representativeness be understood beyond visibility? What tensions emerge between opacity and transparency within the political discourse of the films? How narrative genres (and their subversions) put preconceived ideologies and world views into context while also contesting them? More than just answering these questions, we propose a collective task of thinking with them, through a critical elaboration around the films exhibited in the Festival.

This practice of analytical reflection, which has been historically dominated by a specific collective identity – usually consisting of white, intellectual, middle/high-class men – has been claimed as universal. One of today’s challenges is to resettle film criticism, taking into consideration the source of enunciation, points of view and elaborations about the world. A challenge that will be faced collectively during the Critical Body’s meetings at the FestCurtasBH 2019.

Kênia Freitas is a postdoctoral researcher at Programa de Pós-graduação em Comunicação at UNESP. PhD in Communication and Culture from UFRJ. Master in Multimedia from Unicamp. Graduated in Social Communication/Journalism from UFES. She curated the exhibitions Afrofuturismo: cinema e música em uma diáspora intergaláctica (Caixa Belas Artes/SP, 2015), A Magia da Mulher Negra (Sesc Belenzinho/SP, 2017) and Diretoras Negras no Cinema Brasileiro (Caixa Cultural/DF e RJ, 2017; Sesc Palladium/MG, 2018). She is a film critic for the website Multiplot! and a member of Elviras (Women Film Critics Collective).