Iberian and Latin American Studies Professor Jorge Ruffinelli lends his expertise as a judge for Latin American film festival.

This past weekend Professor Ruffinelli collaborated with other distinguished filmmakers to judge 17 different Latin American documentaries at the International Film Festival in Guadalajara.  When asked about his overall opinions of the films he mentioned that they brought him “visual, aesthetic, intellectual [and] artistic” pleasures through various forms of narration and themes.

Overall he believed that the documentary has now “regained intellectual and artistic spaces” and that the matter of “cinematic truth” revolved around a documentary’s manner of presentation. Thus, he went on mention to that filmmakers should aim to “create beautiful expressions of terrible themes or topics.”

The entire interview from La Jornada can be found here: