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Film Review: Zama

May 02, 2018

This article is adapted from Americas Quarterly's print issue on Venezuela after Maduro

An early descriptionof a water-averse fish fighting to stay alive works as a powerful analogy for the precarious circumstances facing the eponymous protagonist in Zama, the fourth feature-length work from Argentine director Lucrecia Martel. The film, in turn, offers an allegory for the perils and atrocities of Latin America’s colonization. Like the stubborn fish, imperial powers...

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