Muestra de Cine del Nuevo Perú

Marzo de 2016

As part of the research, training and dissemination activities of the CRIC Project, and with the support of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of the Universidad Austral de Chile, last March Patricia Oliart (UNEW and CRIC co-coordinator) curated a free film screening series on “Cinema of the New Peru” in collaboration with Jose Arturo Figueroa (UACH -CRIC) at the much esteemed Cine Club UACH in Valdivia. With close to full attendance on all four nights, the series included the documentaries Retrato Peruano del Peru (Sanchez-Giraldo and Velasquez, 2013), Kachqanirakmi (Corcuera, 2012), Daughter of the Lake (Cabellos, 2015), and the fiction film El Inca La Boba y el Hijo del Ladrón (Temoche, 2011).

On what took the shape of almost intimate conversations, all directors appreciated the opportunity of having an exceptional insight into how their work was received by a non-Peruvian audience, and candidly answered questions about their films and shared their perspectives on them.

After each documentary the film directors joined the audience through a video conference. On what took the shape of almost intimate conversations, all directors appreciated the opportunity of having an exceptional insight into how their work was received by a non-Peruvian audience, and candidly answered questions about their films and shared their perspectives on them. The audience in turn, (a mix of students, university staff and general public), could “meet” the directors and share their impressions, reflections, also asking questions about political issues close to their hearts.

_Ciclo-Cine-Cricv2_webOliart presented the films as examples of an emerging cultural narrative about Peruvian society that highlights the driving agency of Peruvians of the lower echelons of society in shaping the cultural, economic and political life of the country. Strong common threads running through this narrative are deeply rooted in the interpretations proposed by Peruvian writer Jose Maria Arguedas about the vitality of indigenous and mestizo cultures and the need to acknowledge them as key contributors to the nation. Ernesto Cabellos, director of Daughter of the Lake stated in the Q&A session after the film, that the idea of “the new Peru” as it is fostered by various collectives strives for things similar to other movements in the World, such as Los Indignados in Spain, and similar movements in other countries in Latin America, where people “want things done differently, because they are tired of seeing things as they are and want them done differently”. An important change Cabellos thought was necessary, is learning from the understanding Indigenous Peoples have of the earth and water as sentient beings. If Humankind would share this understanding, we would not do treat water as a disposable resource.  Chano Diaz Limaco, music director of Kachkaniraqmi, explained how his work with Corcuera involved telling a story about Peru that came from the life-stories of folk musicians from different traditions and origins. Our thanks to Andrea Osorio, director of  Cine Club Uach and her great team.