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DESEMBARCOS - When Memory Speaks

Argentina/ Germany 1986-1989
Jeanine Meerapfel en co-production with INCAA and the Goethe-Institut

Documentary, 16mm, 74 min
Shooting location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Summary:
Between 1976 and 1982 thousands of citizens were kidnapped, tortured and killed in Argentina. How do Argentinians cope with this tragedy? How do they elaborate their recent past?
In 1986, Jeanine Meerapfel directed a film workshop in Buenos Aires, organized by the local Goethe-Institute. Three groups of students were to shoot their own scripts. The given theme was fear and the students' scripts reflected the fright that remained in Argentina after the military dictatorship: fear or repression, torture, exile... but mainly the fear that all that had happened could be forgotten.
During the workshop, questions and doubts came up. Why remember? Is it necessary to revive the past over and over again? What can cinema do against crimes and violations of human rights? Questions about the utility of aesthetics and fiction confronted with the reality in the streets of Buenos Aires.

    Director Jeanine Meerapfel (collaboration: Alcides Chiesa)
    Script: Jeanine Meerapfel
    Photography: Victor González
    Sound: Alcides Chiesa
    Editing: Heni Bouwmeester
    Music: José Luis Castiñeira de Dios
    Production: Jeanine Meerapfel with INCAA and the Goethe-Institut
    Awards: "El caimán barbudo", Havanna 1990;
City of Strassburg-Award 1990
     
      Distribution: DVD edition (a selection of films by Jeanine Meerapfel)
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