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Communication Department
CINEMA, Center for Aesthetic Research on Audiovisual Media
Postdoctoral researcher

Doctor in Audiovisual Communication from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, with the thesis: “The hinge image. Representation of narrative, visual and sound interstices on David Perlov's documentary film diaries: 'Diary' (1973-1983), 'Updated Diary' (1990-1999) and 'My Stills' (1952-2002)”, dedicated to the interrelational analysis of the essays films of Brazilian-Isareli filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. The thesis was recognized with a special mention in the XXXIII version of the CAC Awards (Consejo Audiovisual de Cataluya). She teaches and researches in contemporary non-fiction field; worked as an academic at Universidad Austral de Chile (2003-2010) and at Universidad de Chile (2011-2022), where she also worked as Head of the Journalism Career (2011-2013) and Director of Extension at the Vice-Rectory of Extension and Communications (2014-2015). She has published articles (15) in specialized academic journals such as "Archivos de la Filmoteca" or "Comunicación y Medios", and book chapters (8) around her main lines of research (See). In 2021, she was awarded with the Margarita Salas Grant from the Spanish state to incorporate as a postdoctoral researcher in CINEMA-UPF collective.

Jury member at various international festivals such as Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona – L’Alternativa; Ultracinema México – Festival de Cine Experimental y Found Footage; Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogotá – MIDBO; Festival Internacional de Cine de Mujeres – FEMCINE; Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia – FICV (where she was also a member of the Directive Council between 2006 and 2011), among others. In 2022, she programmed the cycle “Els diaris de David Perlov - Poètiques i politiques del quotidià”, the first retrospective that gathered all the diary films of the Brazilian-Israeli filmmaker, which were screened at Zumzeig Cinema (Barcelona) in October and November 2022.

Between 2018 and 2021 she was a member of Crater Lab (Barcelona), a laboratory for experimental creation in analog cinema, of which she was Vice President between 2018 and 2020. Co-director of the documentary “Juan y la Virgen” (2010). Director of the documentary series “Piélagos. Paralelos Insulares” (2007) and “Seis Décimos” (2000).

Research lines:

–Essay Film.
–Autobiographical Documentary, Diary Films, Epistolary Cinema, Portrait and Self-Portrait Films, Home Movies and Amateur Cinema.
–Sound and Oral Dimension in Documentary Essay Films.
–Voice as inscription of the Body in the Image.
–Chilean and Latin American Documentary. Historical and Political Memory.
–Archive and Found Footage.