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Gabe Michaan 250 514 058 Essay 1- Marginalization in Camila & City of God In both Camila, directed by Maria Luisa Bemberg and City of God, directed by Fernando Meirelles women are highly marginalized in the society. Camila shows this openly as the lead character is dependent on men for not only money but is also confined to their social and legal regulations. City of God marginalizes women in a different way. Instead of showing them as inferior both politically and socially on screen like in Camila, they rarely appear at all. Furthermore they are portrayed as much less important than men in every way. It can be shown that in the films Camila, and City of God, women are not only marginalized but unequal to men in society. When Camila was made Argentina had just come out of what is known as the Dirty War. 30,000 people disappeared (mainly young left-wing militants) and the State had strong control over its people. The director presents Camila, her female protagonist, as an active woman who defies the oppressive social institutions in her community. These are her family, the State, and the Church. Camila’s life is fundamentally a microcosm of Argentina in the way that her family members portray the different political viewpoints in society at that time. The film outlines how political pressure could lead even a father to choose the government over his daughter.
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