Transatlantic Encounters: Cinematic Modernist Practices on the Left


ACLS Fellowship Program


Media Studies and Russian


This project reconstructs the shared history of politically engaged modernist artists and filmmakers through a series of cultural and cinematic encounters structured around two geo-temporal nexuses. The first nexus consists of the Soviet Union, the US, and Latin America in the 1920s and early 1930s, focusing in particular on the triangular exchanges between Moscow, Italy, New York, and Mexico City. The second includes France, Italy, Brazil, and Cuba as the geo-political focus shifts political modernism to the Third World, especially with the development of Third Cinema in Latin America.