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Juan Alberto Salazar Rebolledo

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International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future in Latin America'

PhD Candidate


Project: "An Island to think of the Future: Representations and Ideas of the Future around the Cuban Revolution in the Mexican Cinematographic Sphere between the 1960s and the 1970s"

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Room 004
14195 Berlin


Since 05/2022

PhD Candidate, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’

08/2018 – 05/2020

Master in History at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico

08/2011 – 12/2015

Bachelor in History at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico


Work Experience

Since 05/2022

Researcher, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’

Since 01/2021

Researcher and collaboration for scriptwriting, Transmedia Project ‘La Noche sin Sombra’ with founding of PROCINE, Mexico City

09/2021 – 12/2021

Researcher for a curatorship project at Centro Cultural ‘Los Pinos’, Mexico City

09/2019 – 04/2020

Researcher for the exhibition ‘Mathias Goeritz and the Spiritual Art’ at Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico

05/2016 – 05/2020

Researcher, Project ‘The Cultural Reason of the Contemporary Capitalism. A Comparative Study about Representations and Cultural Stereotypes in Mexico and in Latin America’ (CONACyT: CB-2014/243004) , Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS), Mexico City

04/2018 – 01/2019

Researcher and Curatorship Assitant for the exhibition ‘Avant-Garde and Defiance – Casa del Lago in 1968’, Casa del Lago UNAM, México City.

03/2017 – 08/2018

Researcher for the project ‘A History of the Sanitary Regulation in Mexico during the second half of the 20th Century’, Comisión Federal para la Protección Contral Riesgos Sanitarios (COFEPRIS), Mexico City

08/2017 – 09/2017

Researcher for the exhibition ‘The Factory of Cinema: Churubusco Studios (1945-2017)’, Estudios Churubusco Azteca, Mexico City

05/2016 – 08/2018

Researcher Assistant for Ricardo Pérez Montfort, National System of Researchers (SNI), CONACyT, Mexico City

04/2016 – 09/2016

Researcher for the photo exhibition ‘Graciela Iturbide, Avándaro’, Museo Universitario del Chopo UNAM, Mexico City

01/2016 – 12/2017

Teaching Assistant in courses of Mexican Historiography and Mexican Economics, Politics, Society, and Culture in the 20th Century, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras UNAM, Mexico City

01/2015 – 12/2015

Researcher for the project ‘Mexican Cultural Models in the 1960s’, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas UNAM, Mexico City

Project: "An island to think of the future: Representations and Ideas of the Future around the Cuban Revolution in the Mexican Cinematographic Sphere between the 1960s and the 1970s"

Prof. Dr. Stefan Rinke, Freie Universität Berlin

With this research I seek to analyze the cultural, political, artistic, and social implications of the ideas of the future produced by the Mexican cinematographic sphere inspired by the reflections and exchanges with the Cuban Revolution between the 1960s and the 1970s. I will begin studying the cultural circulation between Mexico and Cuba and the impact of the Cuban revolution on it, as well as the New/Independent Cinema in Mexico before the Cuban Revolution and the later feedback and exchange with ICAIC (founded in 1959). Then I will explore the ideas of future propounded or criticized within the Mexican cinematographic sphere in the 1960s and the 1970s. Finally, I will analyze the audiovisual representations of the Cuban transformation process in the Mexican film productions of those decades, and their political and aesthetical characteristics to propose a historical interpretation regarding the expressions, discussions, and productions within this group of Mexican filmmakers, that may show their diversity according to their different kind of ties with the Cuban Revolution.

The Mexican cinematographic sphere produced along the 1960s and the 1970s several representations of the Cuban Revolution which expressed ideas of future produced within the context of the cultural circulation between Mexico and Cuba. The aesthetical and political dimensions of the utopian constructions may have been a result of: the reflections made by the Mexican filmmakers facing the political and social situation in Mexico in contrast with the transformations on the island, their dialogues with the Cuban filmmakers or their collaboration with the institutions and events in the revolutionary Cuba that made possible those exchanges. The former conceptions of a New Cinema or an “independent” cinema in Mexico bolstered the circulation, nurtured and got a feedback with ICAIC. In several cases, thinking of an alternative future of the cinema was the starting point for the politicization and taking a stand by the filmmakers, who saw in the social and political revolution in Cuba a possibility to think, in consequence, about the future of the cinema, as well as one for the Mexican and Latin American societies.


Salazar Rebolledo, Juan Alberto (2023): "Presente y pretérito: la crítica antiimperialista de la Revolución mexicana desde la mirada iberoamericana de Cuadernos Americanos en torno del triunfo de la Revolución cubana en 1959". Encartes, 11, 99-126.

Salazar Rebolledo, Juan Alberto (2023): “La Habana del escritor: Jaime García Terrés y la representación del compromiso intelectual en torno al triunfo de la Revolución Cubana en 1959”, Cuban Studies 52, 347-369.

Salazar Rebolledo, Juan Alberto (2020): “The Rose and The Thorn: Musical expressions of antiimperialist solidarity in Latin America. The First Meeting of Protest Song in Havana, Cuba 1967 [original in Spanish]”, Secuencia. Revista de historia y ciencias sociales 108, Dossier “Las relaciones transnacionales de solidaridad con los movimientos revolucionarios latinoamericanos durante la guerra fría”

Salazar Rebolledo, Juan Alberto (2020): “Avándaro’s Mutations: the Super 8 Cinema and the Hippie Circuits of the Counterculture in Mexico City in the Early 1970s [original in Spanish]” Revue Babel Collection “Civilisations et sociétés” XVIII, Dossier “Le Mouvement Hippie dans le Monde Hispanique”

Salazar Rebolledo, Juan Alberto (2019): “The Festival de Rock y Ruedas in Avándaro 1971”, The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History


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