Michael Chanan
1973 …2020

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Personal profile


Michael Chanan is a documentary film maker and scholar. His most recent film is 'Cuba: Living Between Hurricanes' (2019). He is currently working on a new book about cultural commodities and creative labour. He has a range of special interests, including Latin American cinema, documentary, the film soundtrack, and the social history of music. In 2000, he was Visiting Professor in the Literature Program at Duke University, USA, and then joined the University of the West of England where he was Professor of Cultural Studies, 2002-2007.

Research interests

Research interests: Latin American cinema, especially Cuba; documentary theory and practice; film music and the soundtrack; social history of music; film and politics; Third Cinema.


Current and recent research students in Latin American cinema; documentary practice; activism and social media.