Cinema Tropical has partnered with Jorge Pinto Books to publish a special commemorative book on the 'The 10 Best Latin American Films of the Decade based on a survey of distinguished critics, scholars and film professionals work has been devoted to the promotion and dissemination of Latin American cinema in the United States. 

The book features ten essays on the top notch film written by guest film critics and scholars. Foreword and Editor: Carlos A. Gutiérrez, Co-Founding Director, Cinema Tropical.



"Shipreck in the Middle of the Mountain: La Ciénaga," David Oubiña
"Amores Perros," Paul Julian Smith
"Silent Light: Carlos Reygadas' Meditation on Love and Ritual," Naief Yehya
"City of God: Eight Years Later," Else R. P. Vieira
"Bus 174," Gerard Dapena
"Y Tu Mamá También," Misha MacLaird
"Whisky," Tamara Falicov
"They and the Others, in a Country Gone Mad: The Headless Woman," Josefina Sartora
"The Holy Girl,"  Jerónimo Rodríguez
"Pan's Labyrinth," Howard Feinstein
Film Credits
Survey Participants

ISBN: 978-1-934978-39-9    || ISBN10: 1-934978-39-6

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Gerard Dapena is a scholar of Hispanic Cinemas and Visual Culture. He has published and lectured on different aspects of Spanish and Latin American film and art history and taught at a number of colleges in the U.S.

Tamara L. Falicov is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas. She is a core faculty member in the Center of Latin American Studies. Professor Falicov's specialty is the study of Latin American film industries, with particular focus on the cinemas of Argentina, the Southern Cone, and Cuba. She is the author of The Cinematic Tango: Contemporary Argentine Film (London: Wallflower Press, 2007)

Howard Feinstein is a film critic for Screen, Filmmaker Magazine, and other publications. He has been programming for the Sarajevo Film Festival since 1999, and lives in New York.

Misha MacLaird is a film writer and curator from Oakland, California. Her research on Mexico’s post-1994 film industry was supported by a Fulbright-Hays award. She has recently published a book chapter on 1970s Mexican shark films and an interview on Amazonian werewolves.

David Oubiña earned his doctorate in the Arts and Humanities. He is a researcher for CONICET (the Argentine National Council of Scientific and Technical Research) and a professor at the Universidad del Cine and New York University in Buenos Aires. He is a member of the editorial board of Cahiers du cinema: España and Board of Directors of Las ranas: Arte, ensayo, traducción. He has written several books including: Estudio sobre La ciénaga, de Lucrecia Martel (Picnic, 2007), Una juguetería filosófica. Cine cronofotografía y arte digital (Manantial, 2009) and the forthcoming El silencio y sus bordes. Modos de lo extremo en cine y literatura (Fondo de cultura económica).

Jerónimo Rodríguez was born in Santiago, Chile. He is the critic-host for the film review television program"Toma Uno, " on NY1 Noticias in New York City. He also has worked as a film columnist for and contributed articles to publications such as Sports Illustrated LatinoPeople en EspañolCapital Magazine, and El Nuevo Canon. Additionaly, he served as script advisor on the feature film Huacho, which was selected for Cannes Critics’ Week and the Toronto International Film Festival, and won the Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award. Jerónimo moved to the U.S. after graduating from law school.

Josefina Sartora is a Literature professor from Argentina, focusing her studies on myths, symbols and archetypes in the image, and on documentary film. She also studies the connection between art and philosophy. Her works about these subjects have appeared in several publications in Argentina and France. Her latest book – about Argentine documentaries and co-edited with Silvina Rival – is Imágenes de lo real. She contributes to Le Monde Diplomatique (Argentine edition) on cinema and cultural studies, and is a regular critic at and Agenda del Sur.

Paul Julian Smith is Distinguished Professor in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of fifteen books including Amores Perros (BFI 2003), Desire Unlimited: The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar (Verso, 2001) and Spanish Screen Fiction: Between Cinema and Television (Liverpool UP, 2009). He is a regular contributor to Sight & Sound and Film Quarterly.

Else R. P. Vieira has written and taught on a broad range of subjects including the politicization of the expression of the dispossessed and issues of gender and sexuality. Her last published book was City of God in Several Voices: Brazilian Social Cinema as Action (2005) and she is currently working on a project entitled Screening Exclusion: Brazilian and Argentine Documentary Film-Making, which compares the 21st century boom of the documentary in these two nations.

Naief Yehya is an industrial engineer, journalist, writer and cultural critic. His work deals mainly with the impact of technology, mass media, propaganda and pornography in culture and society. His most recent book isTecnocultura (Tusquets, 2008).