17 Nov

Che Guevara´s daughter Aleida Guevara visited Scotland hosted by The Havana Glasgow Film Festival

by Eva Yera   Two documentaries about Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, respectively, were screened before her talk This was the last date of her UK tour, marking the 50th anniversary of her father´s death   Can you imagine being in the same room as Che Guevara’s eldest daughter? We can, because we were there. The Havana Glasgow Film Festival has made this possible and last Saturday, the 11th of November, Aleida Guevara shared her visions, thoughts and energy with a warm audience at the Scottish Trade Union Congress. She speaks and time stops. It doesn’t matter if she only does it in...

06 Oct

Donkeyote

by Marcos Gabarri Among the sound of crickets, cowbells, and footsteps, we hear a shout. A loud voice booms “Gorrión!”. The first few minutes of ‘Donkeyote’ walk the fine line between reality and fiction. Fixed shots and wide angles force our attention towards the story’s main character. He is Manuel. The camera introduces him using low angle shots. This is the way the director Chico Pereira sees his uncle. He is a man rooted in nature, an eccentric. He is a hero for Pereira. At the age of seventy-three, Manuel has decided to go to America. He wants to walk along the...

12 May

Still Here

by Marcos Gabarri We may never understand what it means to grow old. Perhaps this is because young people think the world was only born at the same moment they were. Self-centred, youngsters have an intrinsic drive, almost an impulse, which is impossible to suppress: They have a hunger for making mistakes. They are drawn to them like a moth to a flame despite the knowledge they are flirting with death. Young people are guilty because they are the ones who introduced mistakes into human DNA. Humans are built on failure and randomness. Despite this, it is said we learn from...

11 May

Cinema Novo

by Marcos Gabarri Camera In Hand, Idea in Mind. This was the slogan of Cinema Novo, a concept, a language as a method of film production. It all started in the early 60’s, when a bunch of young Brazilians, filmmakers, decided to end the established order. They claimed they did it because of chanchadas. Chanchadas were a crude, almost legendary, film genre that ruled the cinemas of Brazil since 30’s. Basically, they were a poor attempt to imitate Hollywood cinema through vulgar comedies but were really just another tool of power. In fact, it was not a secret that the Brazilian film...

10 May

Carlos Pizarro: “From warlord to guardian of peace”

- The thrilling story of ‘Pizarro’, a key name in  recent Colombian history, will have its UK premiere at IberoDocs IV - Filmmaker Simón Hernández follows the footsteps of María José Pizarro while trying to find the truth about her father’s death by Eva Yera It all begins in April, 1970. The M-19 guerrilla movement is born as a result of alleged electoral fraud in the Colombian presidential elections of that year. They want to "back the popular will with weapons." Carlos Pizarro is one of its main figures, protagonist in the fight for peace, defender of the M-19’s disarmament and driver of...

09 May

Eldorado XXI

By Sara Mediavilla At 5100 metres in the Andean mountains you will find the highest human settlement in the world, which lies at the foot of the glacier known as “The Sleeping Beauty”. La Rinconada is for many a city of short stays, organized abruptly with the passage of time around a single activity: mining. With this forceful ethnographic document, Salomé Lamas drives us to a scenario of rocks, cold and wind, which has little to do with the old colonial dream of El Dorado. In this corner of the world, no-man's land, gold determines the sustenance and destruction of 50,000 people. Those...

08 May

Barcelona is powerful

by Marcos Gabarri We have swallowed so many lies recently, we have almost lost our sense of taste. We can’t recognise the different flavours anymore and some of these lies seem to taste like the truth. The most common dish in current Spanish gastronomy is the one which says the economic crisis is over. However, no matter how many additives and preservatives the mass media add to it, it’s not possible to get rid of its appalling smell. Sophisticated palates have already realized that. They are already tired of hearing how the system blames them for mistakes they did not make and...

30 Mar

Mermaids

by Marcos Gabarri It is said that mermaids do not exist. Claudia Varejão proves just the opposite, however. Hidden in the shadows, she claims that mermaids are real and that they are struggling to survive. Their numbers are extremely low and they have little strength left to endure the continuous blows of an unforgiving system: modernity is doing its best to kill off this unique way of life. They may be a vestige of a past that barely clings on, but they still survive. These mermaids live in Japan. People call them ama. The cold hand of reason buried their achievements many...

23 Mar

Spanish filmmakers Daniel García and Aurelio Medina to present their documentary about Dennis Hopper’s most mysterious movie at IberoDocs

-'Rest in peace, Mr Hopper' will have its UK premiere at the festival's 4th edition -The filmmakers will deliver a workshop on editing and postproduction for documentaries by Eva Yera Hollywood didn’t like Dennis Hopper's third work, 'The Last Movie'. In fact, he was banned from directing for ten years after its presentation. Its surrealistic touches, its unconventional narrative and its experimental nature fitted neither the canons of Universal Pictures nor those of the wider audience. Despite being generally disliked, it has inspired other cinematographic works. This is the case of 'Rest in peace, Mr Hopper', a documentary penned by Spanish filmmakers Aurelio...