DocHouse RESISTENCIA: Focus on Latin America minifest (plus new review)

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DocHouse is a year-round festival of weekly showcase documentary screenings in UK cinemas, bringing its audiences the best of international and UK documentary as well as masterclasses and education partnerships.

RESISTENCIA: Focus on Latin America mini festival, taking place on Saturday 22 September at Rich Mix cinema in Bethnal Green, London, offers 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 Santiago.

These outstanding documentaries show the Latin America you don’t see on TV: the indigenous people and the workers of Latin America from Peru to Chile to Cuba: those suffering from, and those resisting, the exploitation of their land and their rights.

The highlights include UK premières of David Pablos’ One frontier, all frontiers (Mexico 2010) and Margarita Martinez’s Stolen Land (Colombia 2010) followed by Q&A sessions with the director. The panel discussion towards the end of the day will elaborate on the films and ask what resistance will bring to Latin America.

There will be a Latin DJ set by DJ Cal Jader (Movimientos) in the Rich Mix bar from 8PM and guests are invited for ‘drinks between the docs’ featuring complimentary Chilean wine.

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One of the films shown will be Sebastián Moreno’s City of photographers (Chile 2006), the story of the fearless Chilean photographers who risked death to record life under Pinochet’s brutal military regime.

Elaine Castillo reviews the film for The F-Word, admiring the way it reminds us how images can, and sometimes urgently need to, have a very political role to play:

In our excessively mediated, image-saturated culture, can we still speak of the experience of the photograph with the same urgency? Does the photographic document continue to resonate in a cultural economy in which everything is infinitely photographable and photographed, in which photographs are taken and disseminated with startling speed and ease?

How do we think about the undeniably exciting potential of using cameraphones and social networking sites to increase and intensify the visibility of global political struggle, while also recognising the limitations of any form of awareness not accompanied by radical critical engagement? In other words, how do we keep from being mere consumers of the images of resistance?

Click here to read the entire review and comment.

You can buy tickets for RESISTENCIA online or call the Rich Mix Box Office on 020 7613 7498.