Monday, November 15, 2010

Film Resources on Masculinity in Spanish

I am looking for film resources in Spanish along the lines of the super films that the Media Education Foundation produces. Most of the films we have watched in class have been their work.

You can check out their entire collection on gender here:
http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?search=action&keywords=gender&template=PDGCommTemplates/HTN/SearchResult_Gender.html

Sadly, they do not seem to have any films in Spanish, and of the films in the Gender section, only 4 out of 45 have Spanish subtitles--I checked.
In fact, they don't even seem to have films focusing on Latinos, even in the Race section (come, on people!).
The four with Spanish subtitles are:
Class Dismissed
Playing Unfair: The Media Image of the Female Athlete
Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies, and Alcohol
Wrestling with Manhood: Boys, Bullying and Battering

Obviously, Spanish subtitles are nice, but a films that are made in Spanish would be so much more helpful...they would be accessible to people who don't read well, and it is just a lot easier to connect with what someone is saying when they are speaking your language. Imagine watching Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, but not being able to understand what everyone is saying except through subtitles.

I sent MEF an email to see if there are any resources that I missed, and to find out if they are working on developing Spanish language materials...I'll let you know what they say!

In the meantime, here is a link to the handout on Jackson Katz's website "10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence" in Spanish:
http://www.jacksonkatz.com/wmcde.html

So I think this would be a great service learning and/or research project for someone...tracking down the film-makers and Gender Studies scholars in Latin America and the U.S. who are producing resources on masculinity in Spanish, and compiling a list with contact info. And of course lists for resources in other languages would be helpful, too.

1 comment:

dominique.a said...

I found a very cool site:
Mobilizing Men for Violence Prevention
http://www.mincava.umn.edu/mmvp/international.html

Listed among the organizations they work with are Oxfam and Men for Equality in Spain:

Oxfam (I look forward to learning more about their program and the resources they use!)
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/resources/learning/gender/gem.html

Men for Equality (see site for Spanish language resources)
http://www.jerez.es/index.php?id=7113