Valeria Villegas Lindvall

Valeria Villegas Lindvall is a Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of Gothenburg and specialises in Latin American horror film with a feminist and decolonial focus. She is also Reviews Editor for MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture and member of the advisory board of MAI Imprint at Punctum Books. She has collaborated in several publications, most prominently as a co-editor, writer, and translator at Rolling Stone Mexico, as well as Women Make Horror: Filmmaking, Feminism and Genre (2020), The Body Onscreen in the Digital Age: Essays on Voyeurism, Violence and Power (2021), and Folk Horror: New Global Pathways (2023), among others. In addition, she is a collaborator for several physical media special edition releases of diverse horror features distributed by Arrow, Powerhouse, and Vinegar Syndrome.


Villegas Lindvall analyses medical environs in Garza Cervera’s short films to explore the patriarchal arbitration of the feminised body.

‘It’s difficult not to fall in love with danger unless it makes us squirm. What if you would drink the water from the red river, then? What if the Jordan was, in fact, red?’


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