Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia

Negotiating Human Rights in Icíar Bollaín’s "También la lluvia"

by Michelle Hulme-Lippert (2016)

- TAMBIÉN LA LLUVIA (ES/MX/FR 2010, Icíar Bollaín, 1967-).

This essay examines the interpretations of 16th-century and present-day human rights found within Icíar Bollaín’s 2010 film También la lluvia. I argue, firstly, that central to the film is the question as to whether human rights can foster justice and contest the cruelty of (neo)colonialism or if, conversely, they are designed and/or doomed to reinforce colonizing relationships and, secondly, that an interpretation of the film’s ambiguous response might contribute to recent criticism regarding the imperializing tendencies and emancipatory potential of human rights culture. By exploring the film’s self-reflexive and critical considerations of the violence human rights have caused as well as its treatment of spaces in which these rights bring about adaptations, inversions, and transformations of colonizing relationships, I propose that the film can be understood to reimagine human rights culture. In order to interpret the film’s representation of human rights, my article identifies and analyzes the processes of negotiation by which the relationship between rights and colonialism is revealed to be an unstable and malleable one, continually subject tu change and in need of criticism that takes its adaptive character into account.

transnational cinema,
Human rights culture,
Icíar Bollaín.


Hulme-Lippert, Michelle
Negotiating Human Rights in Icíar Bollaín’s "También la lluvia".
In: Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia 25,1 (Mar 2016), pp. 105-122.