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Fairy Tales and Social Critique in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water

Hailed as a return to his Gothic cinematic roots, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water has already started to garner acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Bristolatino’s Helen Brown takes us through a closer look at the allegorical meanings hidden in the film. Guillermo del Toro’s new film The Shape of Water features an amphibian humanoid […]

The foreigner’s fantasy

 In a recent BristoLatino article, Maeve Ryan expressed a hope that younger generations of Peruvians could be encouraged to wear traditional dress, preserving a rare and idyllic landscape known to the world for centuries. Is it just, however, to expect a society to curb its cultural development to the constraints of touristic value? Bristolatino’s joint editor-in-chief […]

Are Colombia’s peace talks a real step towards a resolution?

Bristolatino’s Political editor Kwame Lowe discusses the complex matter of Colombia’s low-intensity civil war between guerrilla group the FARC and the government, and analyses the true significance of the current peace talks. On 6 November 2013, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reached a ‘fundamental agreement’ in their peace talks with the Colombian government, […]

Can Argentina’s land-grabbing prevention laws be used as an example?

Bristolatino joint editor-in-chief Rosanna West, while working as a reporter at Colombian national newspaper El Espectador on her year abroad, interviewed one Colombian and two Argentine experts about the foreign acquisition of land in their countries. This is a translation of an article that first appeared in El Espectador discussing whether government efforts to limit […]

Will rugby ever take off in Latin America?

Bristolatino’s Sports editor Freddy Hare looks at why rugby in Latin America is growing in popularity – albeit slowly – and how the Olympics in Brazil could work in the sport’s favour. Back in 2009, at an International Olympic Committee session in Copenhagen, it was decided that both men and women’s rugby would feature at the […]

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (a.k.a. Chavez: Inside the Coup)

 Eleonore Hughes reviews The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, a 2003 documentary focusing on events in Venezuela leading up to and during the April 2002 coup d’état attempt, which saw late President Hugo Chávez removed from office for two days. When Kevin Thomas from the Los Angeles Times reviewed this documentary as an “extraordinary opportunity to record history”, he […]

Indigenous rights in Brazil and across the Americas

Bristolatino Politics editor Kwame Lowe discusses the ongoing struggle of the indigenous communities of Latin America and particularly Brazil. A fortnight ago today marked the 521st anniversary of the ‘discovery’ of the Americas by Christopher Columbus. Columbus Day, as it is known, is celebrated across much of Latin America and the USA. For many indigenous communities […]

Is Latin America’s ‘War on Drugs’ a futile struggle?

Bristolatino’s Politics editor Kwame Lowe takes a look at the complex, ongoing struggle against drug trafficking in the Americas, and tells us where he thinks it’s going wrong. Can the ‘War on Drugs’ be termed a war if there can be no winners or losers? There is merely perpetual destruction on both sides: the side responsible […]

The pros and cons of Presidentialism in Latin America

Bristolatino’s Politics editor Kwame Lowe discusses the next steps Latin America should take to maintain, or in some cases achieve democratic stability. Virtually all Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, as well as Brazil, the only Portuguese-speaking country on the continent, have a presidential (or semi-presidential) system of government as opposed to a parliamentary one. The Latin […]