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Jessica Dietz Extra Consideration Film: Camila The film Camila tells the story about a forbidden love between an elite young woman, Camila O’Gorman, and a priest that has vowed himself to G-d, Father Ladislao. The major issues this film presents that are relevant to our class are: patriarchy, postcolonial politics, the central role of religion and The Catholic Church, and the importance of honor in postcolonial Latin America. In Latin America, men were seen as the dominant gender, whether it is in the household, government, or the church. In the film patriarchy was seen very clearly when Camila disagrees with her father during a dinner conversation about politics. After her father dismisses her remarks a few times, Camila continues to push her beliefs and her father becomes enraged. Camila’s mother tells her to be quiet and just listen, that it is not a woman’s place to discuss such things, much less argue about them with a male, especially her father. This interaction clearly shows how men dominated postcolonial society. Even her mother believed that it was a woman’s place to just sit and listen while the men converse, not to interject with her own opinions. Postcolonial politics can also be seen in the film. Many countries were unstable after gaining their independence and for the new rulers, it was important to assert their authority. Argentina is a good example of a leader needing to legitimize his position. Juan Manuel de Rosas was the governor of Argentina during the time of Camila. Rosas enforced strict laws that would prevent those who disagreed with his policies. People were required to wear red ribbons
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that signified their support and loyalty for Rosas. Citizens were also forced to have a picture of Rosas in their home and if they did not, they could be imprisoned or killed. During the film Rosas’s “Holy Federation” was mentioned quite often and people would greet each other by saying, “Praise be the Holy Federation”. By incorporating what may seem like menial tasks into people’s everyday lives, a leader is able to assert their authority because each time a person puts on their red ribbon, looks at a picture in their home, or praises the federation, they are legitimizing the ruler’s right to rule. Another issue raised in the film was the central role of religion postcolonial Latin American Culture. The Catholic Church was, and still is, a very central element in Latin American culture. By going back on his vow of celibacy Ladislao is dishonoring the church and G-d and because Camila “seduced” Ladislao, she too is dishonoring the church and G-d. Because of their act against religion, the couple is executed on the crime of sacrilege. Since the crime of sacrilege is punishable by death it is easy to see the central role religion played in Latin American society and politics because it basically says, “go against the church and die”.
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