A retrospective of 11 documentary films from Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil will take place most Thursday evenings throughout the spring semester at New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, located at 53 Washington Square South. The screenings are free and open to the public; all take place at 7:15 p.m. and have English subtitles. For further information call 212.998.3650 or log on to www.nyu.edu/kjc.
Curated by Tania Blanich, director of The Program for Media Artists, these documentaries have been funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.
A schedule of screenings follows.
|Jan. 27||Recuerdos (Mexico, 2003) an exploration of the life of a Lithuanian Jew who fought for justice and fled persecution over four decades.|
|Feb. 3||Bonanza (Argentina, 2001) the daily life of a family living on the city’s edge.|
|Feb. 10||La Línea Paterna (Mexico, 1995) filmmakers Maryse Sistach and José Buil trace the Buil family’s 20th-century saga from Spain to Mexico.|
|Feb. 17||Orozco (Mexico, 2002) one year in the life of the renowned Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco.|
|Feb. 24||La Televisión y yo: notas en una libreta (Argentina, 2002) a film essay about television and memory that intertwines the filmmaker’s first recollections of TV and the earliest moments of TV in Argentina.|
|Mar. 3||Terra do Mar (Brazil, 1997) the people who live in the bays, islands, and swamps of Brazil’s southern coast narrate this documentary about the disappearance of a traditional way of life.|
|Mar. 10 Double Feature||Papá Iván (Argentina, 2000) filmmaker Maria-Ines Roqué returns to Argentina from exile in Mexico to search for information about her father, who was killed in Argentina’s “Dirty War.”|
|El Día Que Me Quieras (Argentina (1997) an investigation of death and the power of photography.|
|Mar. 24||Del olvido al no me acuerdo (Mexico, 1997) a documentary on the life of the Mexican author (and the filmmaker’s father) Juan Rulfo, but also a visual essay on the construction of narrative and memory themselves.|
|Apr. 7||Nos que aqui estamos, por vos esperamos (Brazil, 1997) an encapsulation of the essence of the 20th century through a mosaic of old film clips, television images, and photographs.|
|Apr. 14||El bote (Argentina, 2003) ten years after the mental hospital in the Río Negro province was shut down, former patients, nurses, and psychiatrists reunite to reflect on the nature of madness.|
|Apr. 21||Relatos desde el encierro (Mexico, 2004) a documentary about a group of women incarcerated in the Puente Grande Feminine Readjustment Center in Jalisco, Mexico.|