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Invisible and Silenced: Ghosts and Borders in Biutiful and Barcelona: Los vagabundos de la chatarra
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This project examines Biutiful, a film co-produced by Menage Atroz, Mod Producciones, Focus Features Internacional, and Televisión Española, and Barcelona: Los vagabundos de la chatarra, a graphic journalism text, both of which are visual works that explore the traumatic and contemporary reality of immigrants in Barcelona. In this investigation, the genre of testimonio serves as the approach in analyzing the two works, focusing on the importance of the reader in the larger testimonial project. In fact, both works highlight, thanks in part to the braided image of the mirror, the spectator’s complicity, implying that we, as citizens of a global capitalist system, are responsible for the abuse and marginalization of immigrants. Like was used to investigate Feeding Ground and “El mundo gira,” this project incorporates the writings by Gloria Anzaldúa about the definition of the border and those by Anne Whitehead about trauma fiction to explore the visual testimonies of the characters who navigate the borders—physical, metaphoric, and linguistic—of Barcelona. Furthermore, this investigation employs the theories of Jacques Derrida about the revenant and of Julia Kristeva about the abject in order to emphasize that the rejection of the immigrant is as spiritual as it is physical. In turn, this project argues that the same bodies that the State attempts to shun are, hypocritically, consumed in a cannibalistic fashion by our society. All four works visually exclude and include the reader at once, making the reader share an ambiguous role, characterized by borders, with the immigrants.
Jorge Carrion -- Journalist, Sagar Fornies -- Journalist, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu -- Biutiful (Motion Picture), Gloria Anzaldua, Anne Whitehead, Jacques Derrida, Julia Kristeva, Barcelona (Spain), Immigrants -- Crimes against, Immigrants -- Spain -- Barcelona -- Social conditions, Testimonio, Whitman College 2016 -- Dissertation collection -- Spanish Department
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Stanley, Jenna Louise, "Invisibles y silenciados: Fantasmas y fronteras en Biutiful y Barcelona: Los vagabundos de la chatarra" (2016). Honors Theses. 299.
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