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Documentalists who portray injustice in Latin America | Digital Trends Spanish


In Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), Digital Trends in Spanish highlights the work of five Latino documentary filmmakers who carry out an interesting work in terms of audiovisual creation and dissemination of stories typical of this territory.

Most of these professionals are young and have a short but promising career, in addition to taking a certain distance from traditional productions to portray the social injustices of the region.

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Tatiana Huezo.

This director of cinema was born in San Salvador in 1972. Today he lives in Mexico, where he has developed an outstanding career full of awards.

His first work was the documentary The smallest place (2011), which addresses the civil war in El Salvador.

The documentary participated in more than 50 festivals and was awarded at Visions du Réel, DokLeipzig, DocsDF, Morelia, San Diego, Belfast, Vienna and Biarritz.

One of his most recognized works is Storm (2016), which tells the stories of Miryam Carvajal, who was imprisoned in the Matamoros prison accused of a crime she did not commit, and Aldela Alvarado, who is in search of her missing daughter.

Storm received the Fénix Award for Ibero-American Cinema in 2016.

“Unfortunately in Latin America we find widespread corruption, and impunity continues to be exercised on the basis of deep economic inequality between people,” Huezos said in the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).

Tiziana Panizza

Tiziana Panizza
Tiziana Panizza.

She was born in Santiago in 1972. She is a television producer, documentary filmmaker, researcher and currently teaches at the Faculty of Journalism at the University of Chile.

His most recognized work is the trilogy Visual log, composed by Moving earth (2014), Land alone (2017) and Unknown land (still in process).

For Land alone, the documentary maker carried out an interesting research work and managed to collect 32 documentaries filmed on Easter Island.

In them, the director found several images of the popular Moai sculptures, but few about the inhabitants of the island, belonging to the Chilean territory.

In this work, Panizza proposes a visual twist to get closer to the particularities of a cruel colonization that enslaved the population of the area for more than 60 years.

Land alone it is a documentary about the paradox of freedom on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean ”, says part of the synopsis.

Tiziana Panizza’s documentaries have been recognized at the Santiago International Documentary Festival, Torino Film Festival, Video and New Media Biennial, and the Pedro Sienna Award, among others.

Tatiana Mazú

Tatiana Mazú
Tatiana Mazú.

Born in Argentina, in 1989. She defines herself as an experimental documentary filmmaker, visual artist, feminist and leftist.

His first solo work is red Riding Hood (2019), a story that shows two women, a grandmother and her granddaughter, who share their impressions of gender between the seams.

“While making a red hooded coat, we, two women separated by more than sixty years, discussed between four walls the stories and contradictions of our gender and class. Outside, a new feminist generation takes to the streets ”, says the author about her work.

His documentaries have been selected at FID Marseille, Mar del Plata International Film Fest, Ficunam, Cámara Lúcida and DocLisboa, among others.

Hari Sama

Hari Sama
Hari Sama.

Mexican filmmaker and musician. He has participated with his independent cinema in the festivals of Shanghai, Biarritz Amérique Latine, Mar del Plata, Sundance and Malaga, among others.

One of his most outstanding works is the short documentary Nobody plays the trombone anymore (2015), which follows the story of Cutberto Ortiz Ramos, a young man who played the trombone in the band of the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Normal School, in Ayotzinapa, and who disappeared along with 42 other students in the city of Iguala.

According to the synopsis, it is a short film “that shows how pain cannot be reduced to numbers; it is about human beings. Hari Sama, through this documentary, claims that it is very important to get to the truth for a matter of humanity.

Eduardo López Zavala

Eduardo López Zavala.
Eduardo López Zavala.

He was born in La Paz, Bolivia, in 1955. This documentary maker, also dedicated to photography, has dabbled in small documentaries filmed in 8 mm.

He studied philosophy and history at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés and also has studies in film and anthropology that he studied in Mexico.

One of his best known works is The path of souls (1989), a documentary that addresses the problem of the looting of Andean ceremonial textiles by foreign merchants.

“The video recreates the deed of the Coroma community to recover its sacred textiles. History reveals details of this process and the deep symbolic significance of textiles in the Andean world ”, says an article on the site of the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.

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