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El Satario: Screening and Discussion
El satario is widely considered the oldest extant pornographic film. It is rumored to have been produced in Argentina between 1907 and 1912 – though its exact date and place of production are unknown. For the first time, three different prints of El satario have surfaced in a single location: Toronto, Canada. Until now, none of these prints have been available for scholarship. Last year, The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives discovered a previously unknown print in its collection. Meanwhile, two prints, previously known to collectors, have been donated to the Mark S. Bonham Centre’s Sexual Representation Collection at the University of Toronto. Sponsored by The ArQuives and the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto, this event will screen The ArQuives’ print of El satario and bring together three scholars of early Latin American cinema and visual culture to examine the film’s social, cultural, and technical context, and the mysterious circumstances of its production, circulation, and reception.

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May 6, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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