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02/01/2012

Duration:
18 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 02 January 2012

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day.

As a powerful new bloc of nations stretching from Mexico to Chile takes shape The Strand takes the cultural pulse of Latin America.

What are the themes bubbling up in the region's newly confident writing, music and visual arts?

Who are the hot names to watch?

And how are the themes of the region's past - poverty, dictatorship and violence, playing out in the art forms of the present - and future?

Audrey Brown talks to Oscar Guardiola Rivera author of What If Latin America Rules The World?

Contributors include Peruvian novelist Santiago Roncagliolo (pictured); Pulitzer prize winning journalist Hector Tobar; Latin Grammy winning Calle 13 frontman Rene Perez and Mexican artist Felipe Ehrenberg.

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