About

Portuguese-language Films at Dartmouth (PLFD) is a digital guide to the collection of over 1,100 Portuguese-language DVDs/VHS at the Dartmouth College Library.   This project aims at increasing local use and awareness of this film collection, serving as an English-language research tool for discovering the Lusophone world via audiovisual media.  Any user with access to the Internet may search, browse, and learn about Lusophone films in the PLFD.

Students from beginner-level Portuguese courses to more advanced seminars participate in the project, commenting on films watched for class, and even contributing content to posts.  Film posters, or DVD covers, are sourced from Google Images, IMDB and Cinemateca Brasileira.  Summaries are often borrowed from the Dartmouth Library Catalog, and attribution is given when derived from another source.

Collaborators on the PLFD include:

  Rodolfo Franconi, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Portuguese and Spanish and member of the Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies Program (LALACS).  Primary interests include contemporary Lusophone literature and culture; contemporary Spanish American literature and culture; U.S.-Brazilian and Latin American studies, and Brazilian film and teledramaturgy.
Carlos Minchillo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Portuguese and Spanish After completing his bachelor studies of Portuguese and French, he got his M.A. in Literary Theory and History and Ph.D. in Brazilian literature at Universidade de São Paulo with a dissertation on cultural and literary relations between USA and Brazil during World War II. His current interests include contemporary Brazilian prose, violence and recent social movements.
Jill Baron, Librarian for Romance Languages & Latin American Studies
Prior to her current position, Jill taught English to French high school students, worked as a chef in Spain, and earned an MFA in fiction from the New School in New York City, before pursuing librarianship.  After completing her masters in library science from Rutgers University in 2011, she spent a year processing Latin American literary archives at Princeton University before arriving at Dartmouth in September 2012. She is currently studying Portuguese.
Profile Nikki Boots, Ph.D., Instructional Designer, Educational Technologies  Nikki’s love for educational technology stems from her days of teaching, where she strived to increase student engagement and learning with the help of the latest technology. After obtaining a Masters of Digital Teaching and Learning from Azusa Pacific University, Nikki continued to delve into her passion, and seeks to complete her PhD at Purdue University this fall. Nikki’s research interests include faculty professional development, inverted classrooms, and online education.

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