Document Type

Honors Project

Publication Date



This project studies representations of youth and urban space in a series of Colombian films from the 1990’s and early 2000’s. I choose to group these films under the proposed label of cine del desencanto (cinema of disenchantment), as I argue that they express a profound disillusionment felt by the marginalized classes of Latin America’s mega-cities, particularly youth, caused by the false promises of neoliberal policies propagated by the government on one hand, and the enchantment of social mobility allegedly offered by the boom in narco-traficking on the other. The focus, thus, is on constructions of urban youth and their ability to navigate the city amid a (bio)politics of urban space that critics have attributed to the neoliberal turn at the end of the 20th century.

Level of Honors

summa cum laude




Rosa Tapia