There are of course many primitive-and-civilized, jungle-and-desert related films and books I have not included in our syllabus, and still more I have not even seen or read. One of these films is The Gods Must Be Crazy (see clips and teaching aids in our video list). People who have not yet planned their oral presentations – and you know who you are – might wish to consider it.
Another idea is to revisit Torgovnick on modern art and relate her comments to Carpentier, remembering that he has severe doubts about the strength of modern European art (as critique of bourgeois society) in comparison to the mind-blowing artistic experience that is Latin American reality. 😉