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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Latin American and Caribbean Feminist and Gender Studies: Art, Music & Literature

This guide aims to provide organized access to the main research resources on Latin American and Caribbean Feminist and Gender Studies that are available to students, staff, faculty, and visiting scholars at the University of Illinois Library.

Chavela, an awarded documentary produced and directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi (2017). The film is available in the Undergraduate Media Collection. It was also exhibited in the Latin American Film Festival organized by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS) of the U of I in 2017.

The University of Illinois Library has a rich collection of audiovisual, digital, and print material about Latin American & Caribbean women that have played a crucial role in art and culture in the continent, in very diverse contexts and historical moments. Here, we present just a fraction of what is available, such as documentaries portraying powerful Latin American & Caribbean women in arts and culture, as well as the work of outstanding women writers and intellectuals. We recommend searching by keywords such as "Caribbean women writers", "Latin American women writers", "Latin American women artists". Please, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Antonio Sotomayor for more information and assistance. 

Documentary "Frida Kahlo", directed by Ella Hershon and Roberto Guerra (1983). Available through the library.



Documentary "Mercedes Sosa: The voice of Latin America", directed by Rodrigo Vila (2013). 

"Krudas" (2006) is a documentary directed by Opie Boero. It explores the lives and work of a Cuban lesbian couple who are hip hop singers and performers. The duo Krudas addresses issues such as women's liberation, lesbian rights, female solidarity and racism. Their work is deeply engaged with feminism and strong ties to their African roots. 

Feminism, gender, and arts in Latin America

Assistant Professor and Librarian of Latin American and Caribbean Studies