Naara Fontinele dos Santos

Visiting Fellow, Program in Latin American Studies (September 2022)

Naara Fontinele dos Santos (Joint Ph.D., University of Sorbonne Nouvelle and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais) is an independent scholar of film and media studies, film educator and curator. Her work focuses on modern and contemporary film, politics and poetics of moving images, critical theory and aesthetics, speculative narratives, and archival theory. Naara’s forthcoming book, When “Cinema Hides and Expands in the Heart of Disorder" – The Critical Forces of Brazilian Documentary (1960-1976), is a study of Brazilian non-fictional cinematic forms with an emphasis on the relationship between cinema and history. She was lecturer in the Film and Media Department at University Sorbonne Nouvelle from 2017 to 2021, and collaborated as an invited professor in the Visual Art Department at Universidade Federal de Rondônia in 2021. She is also co-founder and artistic director of BEIRA – Festival de Cinema de Porto Velho, a new film festival in the western Brazilian Amazon. She has curated various film exhibitions, including “Documentário: Invenção de formas/expressão crítica (1964 -1983)” at the 19th Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival. While at Princeton, Fontinele dos Santos plans to continue work on an ongoing project on the Amazon colonial images and archive. Her research project, "Missing Images, Writings of Expeditions – Recognizing Other Histories of an Unresolved Colonial Past," studies the images and history of the Madeira-Mamoré Railway (MMR) through a decolonial approach, with special attention to environmental humanities.