José Carlos Avellar
Journalist and Film Critic

José Carlos Avellar participated in the World Leader’s Forum event, Seen From Abroad: International Film Critics Look at American Film Today, in March 2006.

José Carlos Avellar, a journalist and film critic, has written for newspapers and film magazines including Jornal do Brasil (1962-1985) and Cinemais. He also contributes to online publications including, an online magazine published by UERJ, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, and, an online magazine published by Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico.

Mr. Avellar was cultural director of Embrafilme (1985-1987); director of Rio de Janeiro's municipal film agency, Riofilme (1994-2000); and adviser for the International Film Festival in Berlin for Brazilian cinema since 1980.

Mr. Avellar is the author of six books on Brazilian and Latin American cinema, among them O chão da palavra [The Ground of the Word, Brazilian Cinema and Literature] (1994); A ponte clandestina [The Clandestine Bridge, Film Theory in Latin America] (1996); and Glauber Rocha (2002). He has written essays in anthologies and collective works including "La sabiduria que no sabemos que tenemos" in Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (1988); "Backwards Blindness: Brazilian Cinema of the 1980s" in Framing Latin American Cinema (1997); "Writing the Speech" in Cinema Novo and Beyond (1998); "Redemption through the Excess of Sin" in Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (2000); "ImagiNation" in The New Brazilian Cinema (2003); and "Limite" in The New Cinema of Latin America (2003).

Participated In

Seen From Abroad: International Film Critics Look at American Film Today

Date: March 22, 2006 to March 24, 2006
Location: Low Memorial Library and Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall
No other form of art or entertainment today could be said to have cast as wide a net or have had a greater impact than American cinema. It dominates 60 percent of the world's film market. Distinguished film critics from around the world each present a recent U.S. film, discuss its influence on their countries, and showcase new films from their countries. Some films are featured at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center.