Image and racism: Racial anthropophagy and the limits of anti-racist and decolonial cultural production in Brazil

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Michelle Sales
Bruno Muniz


In this article, we intend to talk about the representation of black people in Brazilian cinema, pointing out how hegemonic images of Brazilian cinema corroborate the structural racism of our society, analyzing films (and other visual narratives) from the 2000s, a period considered the "Resumption of Brazilian Cinema". Cinema produced by black directors emerges as counter-narratives, deepening the way in which Brazilian cinema represents the racial issue in Brazil in a stereotyped way. To think about this structural racism in the field of cinema we will deepen the concept of racial anthropophagy (Amparo, 2018; Paixão, 2015) a kind of aesthetic of the flesh, in which the image of the "other" (the black or black) is appropriate and devoured in the name of art. We will also seek to dialogue with black feminism in Brazil, emphasizing the specificity of this field and discussing image production around black women in Brazil.

Keywords: Brazilian contemporary cinema, Racial anthropophagy, Decoloniality, Anti-racist cultural production