Monday, 23 March 2015

Latin American Documentary Film Festival

Dear friends,
This is an invitation to join us during our Latin American Documentary Film Festival.
This is an amazing opportunity to explore past and present of Latin American Struggles.
Come and join us next March 27th & 28th.
RMIT University Building 56
115 Queensberry Street, Carlton
...Donations: Pre-sell tickets $10 per documentary or $14 on the door

Friday March 27th

CHILE – “Nostalgia for the Light”
A film by Patricio Guzmán
2010, 90 min.
[Spanish with English Subtitles]
For his new film master director Patricio Guzmán, famed for his political documentaries (THE BATTLE OF CHILE, THE PINOCHET CASE), travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, where atop the mountains astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars. The sky is so translucent that it allows them to see right to the boundaries of the universe. 

The Atacama is also a place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: those of Pre-Columbian mummies; 19th century explorers and miners; and the remains of political prisoners, "disappeared" by the Chilean army after the military coup of September, 1973 So while astronomers examine the most distant and oldest galaxies, at the foot of the mountains, women, surviving relatives of the disappeared whose bodies were dumped here, search, even after twenty-five years, for the remains of their loved ones, to reclaim their families' histories. Melding the celestial quest of the astronomers and the earthly one of the women, NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT is a gorgeous, moving, and deeply personal odyssey.

PERU - "The Traces of the Shining Path", Las Huellas del Sendero

A Spanish/Peruvian production documentary, directed by Luis Cintora
2015, 63 min.
[Spanish with English Subtitles]

Introduced by Luis Cintora by Skype and Q&A after the documentary
“The Traces…” is a socio-political documentary that analyses the past and present situation of the armed conflict between the Peruvian State and the Maoist guerrilla movement Shining Path in the Andeanregion of Ayacucho.

How can a people forget their history, even thought that the past still hurt and the wounds are still open?
“¿Cómo puede un pueblo olvidar, cuando el pasado atormenta y las heridas siguen abiertas?”

More information (in Spanish, apologies) at:


Spanish/Garifura with English subtitles, 30 minutes, 2013
A Central American perspective: Guatemala, The Garifuna communities by the Caribbean Sea and the Honduran farmers in the Bajo Aguán, and her stories of resistance, how they prepared with the new development model called “the green economy” to fight against the devastating consequences of multinational corporations mega-projects.
Saturday March 28th

CUBA – “The Cuban Wives”

A Documentary film by Alberto Antonio Dandolo
2012, 57 min.
[English/Spanish with English/Spanish Subtitles]
The Cuban Wives reveals the compelling and tragic story of “the Cuban Five“. Five intelligence agents who have been arrested in the United States since 1998. Their crime: an attempt to protect their country from the terrorist attacks of paramilitary organizations operating from Miami.

The Cuban Five’s returned to Cuba in December last year 2014.
This documentary is a celebration of their release…

The first time I heard about the Cuban five was in May of 2010. At that time I was directing for a series of conferences focusing on human rights issues, and I was invited to a conference at the Cuban Embassy in Rome. The initiatiative centered around the legal case of the “5”, especially around the situation faced by two of the wives who had not been given visas for the United States, and therefore were unable to visit theirloved ones. When I met Rene Gonzales’ wife Olga Salanueva, and Gerardo Hernandez’s wife Adriana Perez I was profoundly moved by their story and decided in that moment that it is absolutely necessary to tell their story.

With their husbands absent for 12 years, Olga and Adriana are still living that unconditional and pure sentiment that each one of us hopes to experience at least once in our life time: love. These women, wives, mothers, cubans, revolutionaries, have not lost hope that they will one day be able to hold their loved ones in their arms again. This is the sentiment from which the film was born. Unravelling in an intimate family atmosphere “The Cuban Wives” will be a film about love and resistance.

Cuba is the setting for this story, but on a sentimental level the film could be anywhere and reach out to anyone who has loved and suffered separation from their loved ones. The direction of the film is based on two driving factors, an intimate human contact with the protagonists of this story, underlining the battle and political commitmentthat they are continually engaged in not only in Cuba but all over the world.
Alberto Antonio Dandolo

PERU - "Welcome to Los Cabitos", Te Saludan Los Cabitos

A documentary by Luis Cintora
2015, 66 min.
[Spanish with English Subtitles]
In the 80's, the Peruvian region of Ayacucho suffered the outburst of the so-called people's war, which confronted the Peruvian State and the subversive Maoist movement Shining Path. The government soon declared a state of emergency in the region and the Shining Path insurgency was responded to with military indiscriminate violence.

In 1983, the Political-Military Command sets up its general headquarters at Los Cabitos barracks. These barracks soon turn into a clandestine centre of detention, torture, enforced disappearance and execution of Shining Path suspects.

"Welcome to Los Cabitos" follows the line of "The traces of the Shining Path" and "The Cabanino Express" to conclude our series on the Peruvian armed conflict.
A journey into the horror and barbarity committed by the Peruvian armed forces at Los Cabitos barracks.
Un documental sociopolítico dirigido por Luis Cintora (2015)

Durante la década de los ochenta, en la región de Ayacucho, en Perú, estalló la llamada “guerra popular” que enfrentó al movimiento subversivo Sendero Luminoso y al Estado Peruano. En 1983, el Comando
político-militar instala su base de operaciones en el Cuartel General nº 51 de Ayacucho, conocido popularmente como “Los Cabitos”.

El cuartel se convirtió pronto en un centro clandestino de detención, tortura, desaparición forzada y ejecución extrajudicial de civiles considerados sospechosos de formar parte de Sendero Luminoso.

"Te Saludan Los Cabitos" es una inmersión en la barbarie y horror perpetrados por el Ejército peruano en el cuartel Los Cabitos. Este largometraje finaliza nuestra serie documental sobre el conflicto armado en Ayacucho y cuyas primeras realizaciones fueron "Las Huellas del Sendero" y "El Expreso Cabanino".

More information:

COLOMBIA - "Aluna"

A documentary by The KOGI people
2014, 90 min.
[English/Spanish with English Subtitles]
ALUNA, a documentary film made by and with the KOGI people, a genuine lost civilization hidden on an isolated triangular pyramid mountain in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, nearly five miles high, on the Colombian-Caribbean coast. The Kogi say that without thought, nothing could exist. This is a problem, because we are not just plundering the world, we are dumping it down, destroying both the physical structure and the thought underpinning existence. The Kogi believe that they live in order to care for the world and keep its natural order functioning, but they recognized some years ago that this task was being made impossible by our mining and deforestation. In 1990 they emerged to work with Alan Ereira, making a 90-minute film for BBC1 in which they dramatically warned of our need to change course. Then they withdrew again.

The first film had a stunning global impact, and is now probably the most celebrated film ever made about a tribal people. It was repeated on BBC2 immediately after its first showing, and then in many other countries – some 30 times in the US last year, not bad for a 20-year-old documentary!

It helped shape the Rio Conference, it led to the King of Spain visiting the Kogi and to a complete transformation of the Colombian attitude to these people. Today, each new Colombian President has to visit the mountain and seek their blessing.

But now the Kogi have summoned Alan Ereira back to say that we did not actually listen to what they said. We are incapable of being changed by being spoken to. They now understand that we learn through our eyes, not our ears. In the face of the approaching apocalypse, they have asked Ereira to make a film with them which will take the audience on a perilous journey into the mysteries of their sacred places to change our understanding of reality.
Pre-sell tickets $10 per documentary or $14 on the door
To ensure your seat organise tickets or bookings as soon as possible to:
calling 0425 539 149, 0414 970 418 or 0410 031 794 or
emailing to: or
Or direct deposit into LASNET account (referencing your "name" and movie "name")
Account name: LASNET
Bank: Bendigo Bank ( BSB: 633-000)
Account number: 133147793
(confirming deposit via sms text or e-mail)
Look forward to see everyone there,
Best wishes,
Abrazos y salud

In Solidarity,

0425 539 149

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