Genre: Essay, film analysis
This essay is a film analysis I conducted of Mala Mala, a documentary I recommended a few posts ago. The essay decodes the interview and artistic techniques that the documentarians used in order to emphasize the different experiences that the subjects have lived as trans people. Among other things, the essay discusses the timing, lighting and staging of the various scenes and how these tools were used to juxtapose the subjects and their opinions.
This reading would be best suited for those who have watched Mala Mala, enjoyed the film and are seeking further discussion on the topic. Those who enjoy film theory and queer discussion are most likely to enjoy the story, while those seeking more plot-driven readings might want to look elsewhere.
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This is a perfect add-on for upper level language learners who wish to build upon Mala Mala's themes while increasing the difficulty of their exploits; while the film was ranked at an accessible ★✩✩✩✩ Piece of Cake difficulty level, this reading is a bit more challenging due to it being written entirely in Spanish (while the film features a fair share of English) and with slightly more academic vocabulary ★★★✩✩ Intermediate level. Of course, being written by a non-fluent Spanish speaker, it is written in simpler sentence structures and thus does not rise above the ★★★✩✩ Intermediate level.
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