Ecuadorian cinema for the 21st century

Maria Fernanda Miño Puga

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Ecuadorian cinema has been largely overlooked in film scholarship, usually being limited to brief descriptions in Latin American compendiums. Ecuadorian cinema for the 21st century would be the first major publication in English to fill this gap. It provides a thorough account of film activities during the new millennium, while also referring to the country’s previous film history. Specifically, this book discusses the so-called ‘mini-boom” in Ecuadorian cinema, and its relation to industry structures, film policy, and the context of Socialism for the 21st century, hence the chosen terminology of “Ecuadorian cinema for the 21st century”. What makes this project distinctive, aside from the originality of its content, is its transdisciplinary methodology. As a means to frame the textual analysis of selected films, this book discusses theories on national cinemas, memory, political ideology, and production practices, in an interdisciplinary approach that can be emulated in later projects. For this purpose, the book is divided into five chapters, in addition to a brief introduction and conclusion. Each chapter relies on specific case studies to discuss local narratives and documentaries, whether state sponsored or privately funded, centring primarily on films that premiered in commercial theatres between 2006 and 2016.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages222
ISBN (Electronic)9783031409899
ISBN (Print)9783031409882, 9783031409912
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2023


  • Ecuadorian cinema
  • 21st Century
  • Socialism
  • Film policy
  • Buen vivir
  • Memory
  • Film production
  • Latin American cinema
  • Neoliberalism


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