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Body-Identity-Terror

Body-Identity-Terror


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Body-Identity: 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).

Terror: 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.

Curated by Andrés Di Tella.

Biography

Argentinean documentary filmaker and curator. Guggenheim fellow. He created the "Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival." He currently directs the "Princeton Documentary Festival" at Princeton University.