As the third installment in an ongoing series of muckraking documentaries by Argentine filmmaker Fernando Solanas that investigate various sociological aspects of South America's second-largest nation (following 2004's Memoria del saqueo and 2005's La Dignidad de los nadies), Latent Argentina springboards from a truth little-known to most of the titular country's residents: Argentina owns more wealth and more innate natural resources than almost any nation on its continent. The possessor of a bountiful shoreline, endless acres of tillable farmland, the fourth largest metal reserves on the planet and a remarkable space program (the fourth in the world to send a human being into space), Argentina nevertheless remains a prisoner of backward and disadvantageous economical, political and social systems. This, award-winning director Solanas denotes, has left a massive number of Argentine citizens in dire poverty, and an equally substantial number reeling from the lack of sufficient education. With Latent Argentina, Solanas argues that this status quo is the product of a phenomenon called "mental colonlialism" - or massive ignorance among Argentines about the resources available to their country. The filmmaker then argues that the presence of multinational corporations and the privatization of industry have all but destroyed the nation by robbing it of opportunity and making development and progress impossible. His film thus functions as an activist plea for reform and change within the very fabric of Argentine society.
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