Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
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Sun, Mar 15, 2020

Los Angeles Filmforum Presents
US Premieres! Filmmaker Andrea Rodea In Person!
Cancelled: Disarm the Right to Violence!: Recent Mexican Experimental Short Films

A selection of films produced between 2018-2020 in intensive filmmaking workshops at Catedra Ingmar Bergman and Filmoteca UNAM, in collaboration with DocsMX, led by Travis Wilkerson. The films open an impelling window into a dynamic, emerging Mexican avant-garde - at once deeply political, highly engaged, and formally stunning. Part monument, part call to action, these films confront pressing matters in Mexico: 1) the long history of horrific violence against students organizing for human and democratic rights; 2) the disproportionate direction of that violence against women—femicide. This group of films confronts these fraught subjects with poetic charge and lyrical hope. They don’t simply depict violence—they use a host of cinematic techniques to embody that violence. Working with an archive of 16mm footage selected by the Filmoteca, the filmmakers vandalize the image itself—they scratch, burn, bleach, and bury the film underground. Those analog, material enactments are then transformed into complex digital films—a hybridized expression, between film and digital, past and present, urgency and reflection, beauty and horror. Drawing on the lessons of the Third Cinema, these films confront horror with equal parts rigor, analysis, and aesthetic grandeur. These remarkable short films offer an early glimpse into an inspiring movement where politics and aesthetics stand shoulder to shoulder, and cinema itself is lifted skyward. - Travis Wilkerson.

Films Include:
“This Square Demands Justice” (2019, 6 min. Dir. Pablo Ramos)
“The Concrete Monster” (2019, 8 min. Dir. Elías Martín del Campo) In the Jardines de Morelos neighborhood and its surroundings, dozens of women are killed every year. Although it has activated the "gender alert" - a set of measures coordinated by the government -, Ecatepec is the municipality where more femicides are committed. What lies beneath this concrete surface?
“Black Brigades” (2018, 9 min. Dirs. Macarena Hernandez Abreu, Arian Sanchez)
“Fissures of Violence” (2019, 10 min. Dirs. Erik Mares, Andrea Rodea) The image is what appears before us. The image that a world of representations imposes on us is an evasion, it is of absolute blindness. To position oneself before the image is to place oneself critically before the world.
“How to Forget a Terror That Has Become Permanent” (2019, 16 min. Dir. Gerardo M. Porras Garza)
“Kill Two Birds with One Stone” (2019, 10 min. Dir. Aurora Fragoso) Violence from the word, from the harmless appearance of everyday life immersed in aggression. Expressions privately and publicly in a state of constant violence, and silence as a response, as a way to normalize and perpetuate violence. There is nothing left but to resist from the word to dismantle the hate speech.
“The Appeared” (2019, 12 min. Dirs. Ileana Pichardo Urrutia, Facundo Torrieri)
“I Got Home Okay” (2019, 6 min. Dir. Gisela Guzmán) In recent years, insecurity and thousands of feminicides in Mexico have led women to seek greater protection and take more precautions to return home safely. I arrived well is a piece of appropriation that talks about how women use the means at their disposal with the intention of taking care of themselves in a violent environment.
“Ouroboros” (2019, 9 min. Dir. Antonio Arango)

Discussion following with filmmaker Andrea Rodea.
100 minutes. | Ticket prices: $12 General, $8 Cinematheque Members. Free to Filmforum Members. | Screening format: digital
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian • Sun, Mar 15, 2020 • 7:30pm

Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Director Erin Espelie In person!
Sun, Nov 10, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Dec 8, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Jan 12, 2020 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Jan 19, 2020 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Feb 16, 2020 - 7:30pm
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Writer Jane Wodening In Person!
Sun, Mar 8, 2020 - 7:30pm
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