“Queer people are still struggling to have equal rights and, in many cases, simply to exist”

Javier Pérez-Osorio, a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Film and Screen Studies, shares details of his research into the representation of queerness in recent Latin American fiction films

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I hope that I never cease to be amazed by cinema and its impact in our lives

I am convinced that my research, although focused on cinema, has the potential to engage with contemporary cultural studies and with the LGBTIQ+ movements.
Beyond the effect in the personal life of spectators, the politics of representation have an impact on broader issues such as social visualisation, ethical inclusiveness, and political participation. I believe this is even more relevant in a Latin American context, where there is a tension between the increasing creation of policies that protect the rights of sexual minorities and a society which is still marked by a traditional mentality. Queer people are still struggling to have equal rights and, in many cases, simply to exist. It is not a secret that even in those countries where being queer is not illegal anymore, it is still deadly to express freely your diverse sexual and gender identities. The current situation for transgender people is particularly concerning. I am convinced that questioning the representations about queer people is one of the many steps we need to take so that we all, regardless of our differences, have the opportunity to live a good and happy life in this world.

Learn more about the University’s Centre for Film and Screen on their website, where you can find profiles of all current PhDs, including Javier: https://www.mmll.cam.ac.uk/javier-perez-osorio

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