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Latin American Films at MoMA’s Doc Fortnight 2019: February 21 – 28

Doc Fortnight 2019:
MoMA’s International Festival of
Nonfiction Film and Media

February 21 – 28
The Museum of Modern Art

Latin American films co-presented by Cinema Tropical

MoMA’s annual celebration of innovation in nonfiction film presents a lineup of features and shorts from around the globe, including several world premieres. In these turbulent times, Doc Fortnight remains dedicated to advocating the vision of storytellers who bring us new perspectives on the world, new frameworks through which to measure and balance our own experiences, and new ways to consider truth in an ever-changing world.

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(La extraña: Notas sobre el (auto) exilio, Javier Olivera, Argentina, 2018, 67 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Based on the writings of Atahualpa Yupanqui and Marcelo Viñar, this dreamlike documentary addresses what it means to belong to a place. Through philosophical motifs and abstract compositions, La Extraña confronts the potential dissociation with one’s own sense of being.

Saturday, February 23, 7pm

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(Guille Isa, Bill Silva, Peru, 2018, 7 min. In Quechua and Spanish with English subtitles)
In the highlands of Peru, seekers of strength and guidance perform an ancient ritual of dance and music as an offering to the spirits.

(Monica Klemz, Brazil, 2017, 16 min.)
Past and present meet in this depiction of a public park in Rio de Janeiro that once hosted the formal affairs of the Presidential Palace. A Doc Fortnight/Cinema Tropical collaboration

(Jarot Mansilla, Peru, 2017, 10 min.)
In a greenhouse in the Lima desert, Mr. Takehara has been perfecting a bonsai oasis for 20 years. A Doc Fortnight/Cinema Tropical collaboration

(Glenda León, Cuba/Spain, 2018, 5 min.)
In the pews of an ornately decorated Baroque church, congregants worship a new-age God that challenges the meaning of Higher Power.

Saturday, February 23, 4pm — Q&A with directors

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(Volver a ver, Judith Vélez Aguirre, Peru, 2018, 83 min. In Spanish and Quechua with English subtitles)

Between 1982 and 2000, the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) waged a guerilla war in Peru, becoming one of the most brutal terrorist groups of the 20th century. The conflict began in the Ayacucho region, where many Andean people were victimized and killed. Photographers Vera Lentz, Alejandro Balaguer, and Oscar Medrano managed to capture the horror and pain this war caused—and now, years later, they revisit the subjects and locales captured in their photos. Volver a ver tells a story that is not often told, about the tragedies that took place in Peru for nearly two decades, using the lens of art to reveal memories that question an official history that elides the indigenous contribution to the peace process.

Saturday, February 23,  7:30pm — Q&A with filmmaker

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(Teatro de guerra, Lola Arias, Argentina/Spain, 2018, 82 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles)

Since 1833, jurisdiction over the Falkland/Malvinas Islands has been the source of major controversy—so much so that in 1982, this ongoing debate resulted in war. Over the course of three months nearly 1,000 British and Argentine soldiers lost their lives in a war for sovereignty. Blurring the lines between reality and fiction, this unorthodox documentary focuses on the damaging effects the Falklands War had on six of its soldiers. Through the use of theatrical performance, reenactment, music, and storytelling, Theatre of War revisits a kind of universal turmoil.

Sunday, February 24, 7:30pm and Tuesday, February 26, 4pm

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