The Borders of Sense: Revisiting "Iracema, uma transa amazônica
A landmark of Brazilian cinema, Iracema: Uma transa Amazônica (1974), by Orlando Senna and Jorge Bodansky, remains an underexplored film. This fiction-documentary hybrid is a visual reflection on territoriality, mobility, and borders—borders that are inherently paradoxical, limits constituted by contact, lines of division drawn by virtue of the possibility of their crossing. This article considers the significance of the film as a form of sociopolitical critique carried out by narrative and allegorical components. The film, however, also contains elements that resist interpretation, relating to the filming of unplanned and improvised encounters between film and world. This article explores the implications of this dual gesture and proposes ways to appreciate the elements that do not bear intended meaning but are, paradoxically, highly significant.
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