Presented by Lorry Salcedo Mitrani

14, 21 & 28 of September and 5 of October 2011

at Institute Cervantes of New York

211 East 49th St. New York, NY 10017 (212) 308-7721

 FREE ADMISSION

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Bienvenidos!

Welcome to the second Peruvian Contemporary Film Showcase in New York City, celebrating the exhilarating journey of fifty years of modern Peruvian cinema. This year the program will be dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the scientific discovery of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cusco by North American explorer Hiram Bingham. We will also honor the life and work of Cusco photographer Martin Chambi.

This second showcase is curated and produced by the photographer and filmmaker Lorry Salcedo Mitrani, with the collaboration of the Consulate General of Peru in New York and the generous support of Mrs. Muriel and Mr. Leonardo Rosen and Ms. Martha Meier Miro Quesada.

Additional support has been received from the Spanish Cultural Center of Peru and the Center for American Studies in Lima (CEA).

This selection of 11 successful films from the last fifty years (documentaries, shorts and feature-length films) shows the creative, ethnographic and geographic diversity of our culture, as reflected in cinematographic art in Peru.

For last year’s festival site please visit: firstperuvianfilm.wordpress.com

Martin Chambi

(b. Coaza, Puno, November 5, 1891 – d. Cusco, September 13, 1973)

Martin Chambi at Machu Picchu, 1943

Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, proved the ideal setting for my maternal grandfather Martin Chambi to set his visual aesthetics against a backdrop of archaeological motifs. There, he snapped images that would become renowned the world over after his first visit in 1925. His interest in the remains of Incan civilization strewn throughout the Cusco region was unceasing. This was especially true of the sacred city itself, which he captured on 18×24 cm glass sheets. Today, these images are a stunning record of the breathtaking Incan architecture, which remained intact while Colonial and modern buildings sprang up around it.

Framed in a unique combination of time and setting, the photographer’s respectful gaze, together with his sensibility and technique, have left us a historical legacy, a profoundly human visual testimony. The photography of Martin Chambi, one of the most universal Peruvian artists of the 20th century, is imbued with an enormous anthropological significance; in his images, he succeeded in capturing the underlying dignity of the Andean cultural identity. (Text by Teo Alain Chambi, from the book Machu Picchu: Song of Stone)

September 14, 2011 (Film presentation by Lorry Salcedo Mitrani) Invitations are required to attend our Opening Night Gala

 6- 6:30 pm 

Machu Picchu

Compilation of shorts about Machu Picchu by Sergio Garcia Mayer / 2011 / 30 min. English and Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

6:40- 8:45 pm

The Feast of the Goat (La Fiesta del Chivo)

Full-length fiction film by Lucho Llosa / 2006 / 125 min

Based on Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel The Feast of the Goat, with Isabella Rossellini and Tomas Milian. English dialogue

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1992. Urania Cabral returns to her city of birth. She barely recognizes the decrepit, mute and immobile old man she finds there, almost inert. He is her father, Agustin Cabral, aka “The Brain,” President of the Senate and right-hand man of the dictator Trujillo for many, many years, until his fall from grace. But that was long ago now. Urania looks back on these events 35 years later. She tells the story to her aunt and cousins, who cannot understand why it has been so long since she visited them, her family and her own father. Finally, Urania will confess the terrible secret that caused her to flee her home and family forever, a secret that destroyed her life for good. The Feast of the Goat is also the story of a group of men who sacrificed their lives to put an end to one of the bloodiest tyrannies in Latin America’s recent past. Their ordeal is interwoven with Urania’s in an intense kaleidoscope of love, hate, death, and violence. A film based on the extraordinary novel by Mario Vargas Llosa, blending a terrible personal drama with political conspiracy, an epic gesture and a tragic ending that marked a new era in the history of the Dominican Republic.

September 21, 2011 (Presentation of the films by Linda Villarosa)

6  – 6:45 pm

Six & Eight (Seis con Ocho)

Documentary by Judith Velez / 2007 / 45 min. Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

Six & Eight tells the story of six women convicted by the crime of drug dealing known as “burriers”. Coming from different countries, these women have in common the same sentence: six years with eight months, and the sadness of being far from their children. This documentary is about the motivations that these women had to enter the illicit drug business as well as their fears, regrets and efforts to make the prison a worthy place to live.

6:55 – 7:25 pm 

The True Story of Liz (La Verdadera Historia de Liz)

Documentary short by Eduardo Guillot / 2007 / 28 min. Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

This documentary takes a look at one of the most controversial cases presented to the Peruvian Truth & Reconciliation Commission. It is the case of Liz Rojas, one of the many anonymous victims of the war against terrorism in Peru and a model of courage and dignity, like those that often appear under adverse circumstances. Liz initiates a long journey, fighting with perseverance and courage to find her mother who has been unjustly taken away from her.

7:35 – 9:05 pm  

Paper Dove (Paloma de Papel)

Full-length fiction film by Fabrizio Aguilar / 2003 / 90 min. Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

Juan is an ungainly and solitary man. He is no longer that eleven-year-old child from the Peruvian highlands, son of Domitila and stepson of the coward Fermin, who handed him over to fight as part of a terrorist group together with other children. A beautiful and heartbreaking story set during the violence that wracked Peru over the course of nearly two decades.

September 28, 2011 (Presentation of the films by Vera Lauer)

6 – 7:15 pm

Choropampa, The Price of Gold (Choropampa, el Precio del Oro)

Documentary by Ernesto Cabellos and Stephanie Boyd / 2002 / 75 min. Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

 A devastating mercury spill by the world’s richest gold mining corporation transforms a quiet peasant village in Peru’s Andean mountains into a hotbed of civil resistance. A courageous young mayor emerges to lead his people on a quest for healthcare and justice. But powerful interests conspire to thwart the villages at every turn in this epic two-year chronicle about the true price of gold.

 

7:25– 7:35 pm

A Fiancée in New York (Una Novia en Nueva York)

Fiction short by Gianfranco Annichini / 1987 / 9 min. Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

A 68-year-old Peruvian man writes to a marriage agency in New York in hopes of finding a millionaire wife who will help save him from poverty

7:45 9:15 pm

Paradise (Paraiso)

Full-length fiction film by Hector Galvez / 2010 / 90 min. Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

PARAISO is a borough of displaced people situated in the outskirts of the city of Lima and this story is a walk through the lives of five youngsters who live there trapped, without opportunities, or future…But who feel that have to do something about it.

October 5, 2011 (Presentation of the films by Ana de Orbegoso and Odi Gonzales)

6 – 7:05 pm

Kukuli

Full-length fiction film by Luis Figueroa / 1961 / 63 min. Quechua dialogue with English subtitles

This masterpiece of Andean cinematography now celebrates its 50th anniversary as an absolute classic, narrated in Quechua. In the Andean world, there is a myth about a bear that kidnaps beautiful women. This legend is particularly popular in zones near the rain forest, such as the village of Paucartambo, where the movie is set. The tale most likely came from the Far East, after a long journey through Europe. Obviously, this belief was transformed upon arrival in Peru; the Andes have always been great assimilators of the culture that arrived after the Conquista, during Colonial times, and later, during the Republican era. Thus, the legend of the kidnapping bear found a place here and later took on its own life under a new conception. The kidnapping bear is a figure that resonates like few others. I would say it is associated with the telluric forces of the earth. This bear has great powers of seduction. They say it has seven penises, making it a type of “supermale” capable of seducing beautiful shepherdesses.


7:15 – 7:25 pm

Radio Belen (Radio Belen)       

Documentary short by Gianfranco Annichini / 1983 / 11 min. Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

Located right in the middle of the riverside market of Belen, in the city of Iquitos, deep in the Peruvian Amazon, this rudimentary radio station broadcasts messages for locals and travelers.

 

7:35 – 9: 00 pm

October (Octubre)

Full-length fiction film by brothers Daniel and Diego Vega / 2010 / 83 min. Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

Moneylender Clemente is a man of few words. He is also the newfound love interest of Sofia, his single neighbor and a devotee who worships the Lord of Miracles each October. Their relationship begins when Clemente discovers a newborn baby girl, the product of his involvement with a prostitute who has disappeared. While Clemente searches for the mother, Sofia takes care of the moneylender’s baby and helps around the house. With the arrival of these two new figures in his life, Clemente will begin to question the way he relates to others.