DocHouse presents a journey across Latin America today, through revealing documentaries and illuminating discussion. A panoramic view across Latin America today, from life at the Mexican border, through the Peruvian jungle, and all the way to the streets of Rio. These outstanding documentaries show the Latin America you don’t see on TV. No horror stories of drug cartels and gangsters, these award-winning docs and discussions are about the indigenous people of Latin America – from Peru to Brazil to Cuba – those suffering from, and those resisting, the international, corporate exploitation of their land and resources.
DAY PASS – £22 / £18 student or concs – BOOK NOW
SINGLE TICKETS – £7 / £5 student or concs – (see individual films)
12.30pm ONE FRONTIER, ALL FRONTIERS (David Pablos, Mexico, 2010) BOOK NOW
Contemplating life on either side of the 2,000 mile wall that separates Mexico & the USA.
2,000 miles of wall and fencing separate Mexico from the United States of America, the result of the U.S. government‘s 2006 Secure Fence Act to stem the flow of immigrants crossing the border. Mexican filmmaker David Pablos observes life at the partition, where separated families, friends and lovers come to meet one another, either side of the divide – where sometimes a touch or a kiss can be stolen through the metal grille.
A father comforts his young children through the fence; at Christmas, families and friends gather on opposite sides to sing, and throw gifts across; in a refuge in Mexico, a mother worries about her children, left behind in Denver; an older woman makes plans to return to the U.S., weighing up the options: through a tunnel or over the mountains.
The heartbreak of separation and the longing for life across the border are beautifully painted in this measured, patient documentary.
+ THE INVISIBLES (Marc Silver & Gael García Bernal, UK/ Mexico, 2010)
Meet migrants on the dangerous journey to the border. Director Marc Silver and Gael García Bernal meet migrants on the route of one of the most dangerous journeys in the world – crossing illegally from Mexico into the U.S.A – where many ask themselves if they will make it alive.
2.30pm LAW OF THE JUNGLE – LONDON PREMIERE – (Michael Christoffersen, Hans la Cour, Denmark, 2012) – BOOK NOW
A young indigenous leader and his lawyer fight the government and PlusPetrol for his rights and his freedom. Deep in the Peruvian jungle, a group of indigenous people occupy the airfield of a multinational oil company, in protest at its terrible effects on their livelihoods and environment, their health, and their way of life. In 2008, the government had divided the country into one hundred blocks and sold off the land rights and natural resources to foreign multinationals
When a policeman is killed during the demonstration, a group of indigenous men are rounded up and jailed for the crime. Young leader Fachin Ruíz sets out to prove their innocence, but with little support, an unfamiliar judicial system and a seemingly corrupt police force, the odds are heavily against them. In this David-and-Goliath courtroom battle, their only hope is an impassioned defence lawyer – and an eyewitness too frightened to testify.
Director Michael Christoffersen joins us for a discussion following his film.
+ PROTEST CHILE (Michael Chanan, UK / Chile, 2011)
Capturing Chile’s mass student demonstrations. Chile’s education system is the most heavily privatised in the world, forcing students and their families to finance their education by means of debt.
Capturing Chile’s mass student demonstrations in 2011, ‘Protest Chile’ shows the dynamics of the movement and the profound issues it raises about democracy in Chile.
5.10pm CITY OF PHOTOGRAPHERS (Sebastián Moreno, Chile, 2006) – BOOK NOW
The story of the fearless Chilean photographers who risked death to record life under Pinochet’s brutal military regime. During Pinochet’s long regime, a motley crew of photojournalists shot and framed Chile’s people and turmoil from many points of view. They photographed what was not meant for the public eye, and this gradually brought about a revolution.
In the streets, in the middle of bloody riots and protests, they learned their craft and created many of the now legendary images which helped focus world attention on the Pinochet regime’s repressive tactics. For them, taking pictures was a form of involvement, a type of resistance, a way of being more than mere spectators but vital actors. Pinochet had the power and the guns, but these photographers had the camera – the people’s weapon. This is their story.
+ WITH FIDEL WHATEVER HAPPENS (Goran Radovanovic, Serbia, 2011)
The 52nd anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, in the sedate village of Sierra Maestra. The 52nd anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, in the sedate village of Sierra Mastra. A quiet life is transformed for a celebration, as bullhorns blast out ideological slogans that are 52 years old. But what happens the following day when the party is over?
8pm STOLEN LAND – UK PREMIERE – (Margarita Martínez & Miguel Salazar, Colombia, 2010) – BOOK NOW
The Nasa people of southern Colombia are fighting to reclaim their ancestral land. For the Nasa people of southern Colombia, nothing is more important than their relationship to the land. Caught between rebel guerrillas and the Colombian army, they must fight to reclaim the ancestral land that has been taken from them over years of conquest. Charismatic leader Lucho Acosta believes in non-violent civil resistance, organising marches, roadblocks and contentious ‘reclaiming’ of private land. But as clashes with police intensify and the government appears to renege on promises of new land, a dissident group within the Nasa community starts to employ more violent methods. Facing nearly insurmountable odds, how far will Acosta go to maintain his peaceful resistance and will it be enough to bring about real change? http://www.robatierra.com/
8pm / Main Space / Free / More Info
DJ Cal Jader (Movimientos) + VJ Pora (LAB)
A unique musical-visual journey with a selection of underground Latin beats for the dancefloor from Cumbia and Salsa to Hip Hop, Reggae and Brazilian beats, set to a bold series of projections featuring Latin America’s vibrant social movements and videos from some of the continent’s most conscious artists.
Join us for ‘drinks between the docs’ for a taste of Latin America too. Complimentary Chilean wine provided by TRIO and exotic fruit juices provided by Fruto del Espíritu.