BODY - IDENTITY
Curator: Andrés Di Tella
For the discriminatory gaze which classifies, puts into hierarchies, segregates and excludes,
the other's body —its skin or hair color— determines his or her identity. But identity is also
played out in terms of that which is not ours, in a dialectic of proximity and distance. He who
searches for a denied identity may find it precisely when he looses it (Photographs by Andrés
Di Tella); the memory of the first encounter with the other takes on a different value depending
on the angle through which you look at it, the White westerner or the Indian Ikpeng from
the Amazon (Pirinop, My First Contact by Mari Correa and Kumaré Ikpeng); the way in which
ex-presidents present their bodies represents the identity of an entire nation, perhaps more
than the former voters would prefer to believe (I, President by Mariano Cohn and Gastón
Duprat); and the life of a revolutionary militant acquires different meanings through memory,
whether it is his daughter’s memory or that of a neighbor who witnessed the kidnapping (The
Blondes by Albertina Carri).
Andrés Di Tella
Argentina, 105 min.
Special presentation: pre-screening
Autobiographical documentary. In order to tell his mother's story, who was born in Madras, Andrés Di Tella goes on a trip to India, which is also a trip into his mother's unkown country. Along the way, he tries to unfold the enigmas of Kamala's life, which confronts the ghost of her own hidden identity.
Pirinop, My First Contact
Mari Correa & Kumaré Ikpeng
Brasil, 2005, 56 min.
Há 40 anos, os Ikbeng, uma tribo isolada do Amazonas brasileiro, tiveram seu primeiro contato com o homem branco, que fotografou e filmou aos surpresos nativos. Relocalizados em uma reserva no xingú, a tribo se converteu em uma atração turística. Um descendente daqueles índios toma agora a câmara para contar de novo a história, com outra perspectiva.
Argentina, 2003, 89 min.
Albertina Carri, daughter of disappeared parents, presents the drama of absence, through fictional, documentary and animation devices. The author calls is a "self-fiction. Carri's parents were not blond, but they seemed blond to the people in the working class neighborhood where they lived a clandestine life. A poetic film, it changed the terms of the debate about memory and repression.
Mariano Cohn & Gastón Duprat
Argentina, 2006. 75 min.
Cohn and Duprat created Open Television, a legendary TV program where anybody could call and say what they wanted. Now they are trying to do something similar, but radically different, with each Argentinian ex president after the establishment of democracy in 1983.
Curator: Andrés Di Tella
State terrorism in Argentina abused bodies, persecuted them, captured them, tortured them and threw them into the sea, burying them in clandestine common graves, making them disappear. But those very bodies who resisted then and still resist today, as they continue to represent resistance to terror and forgetting in the work of filmmakers that elaborate memory (Forbidden by Andrés Di Tella); in the work of a group of forensic anthropologists that gave back an identity to bodies that had lost it (The Last Confine by Pablo Ratto); in the commitment of the ex detained-disappeared that were able to have their torturers detained and judged (Cavallo Behind Bars by Shula Erenberg, Laura Imperiale y María Inés Roqué); and in the perseverance of disappeared woman's son who puts his body on the line to investigate his mother's fate, calling the entire social body into question (M by Nicolás Prividera).
Andrés Di Tella
Argentina, 1997, 110 min.
What happened to Argentinian culture during the military dictatorship from 1976-83? Artists, journalists, filmmakers, intellectuals ... some were tortured and murdered, some were expelled and put into exile, while many spent their years surviving as best they could. Others collaborated openly with the dictatorship. How did both groups continue woking under such complicated circumstances?
The Last Confine
Argentina, 2006, 60 min.
How does life change for someone who searches for a loved one, disappeared 27 years ago, and then finally finds the remains of the corpse? The Argentinean Forensic Anthropology Team takes on a difficult, almost impossible task: locating a clandestine grave (dug at night in 1976), exhuming the remains and identifying the people found there.
Argentina 2007, 140 min.
About to turn his mother's age when she disappeared in 1976, the son of a militant woman embarks on an investigation that leads him to meet his mother's old friends. During his search, many new questions, misunderstandings, silences and complicities arise.
Cavallo Behind Bars
Shula Erenberg, Laura Imperiale y María Roqué
México, Argentina, España, 2006. 50 min.
An investigation into Ricardo Cavallo, a torturer who worked in the concentration camp at the Buenos Aires Navy School of Mechanics (ESMA), and who later, with the advent of democracy, changed his identity and moved to Mexico. His victims' testimonies led to his arrest and extradition to Spain, where he was put on trial.
59 min. 2006
Operation Atropos is a documentary about interrogation and POW resistance training. Fusco worked with retired US Army interrogators who subjected her group of women students to immersive simulations of POW experiences in order to show them what hostile interrogations can be like and how members of the US military are taught to resist them.