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The Courage of the People

Jorge Sanjinés, Italy/Bolivia 1971, 90 Min. Min., OV with English subs
Followed by a talk with Diego Mondaca

In El Coraje del Pueblo theBolivianfilmmakerJorge Sanjinés poses a critique of the western understanding of time, manifesting a form in which past, present, memory and evidence are politicized. The Third Cinema revolutionary’s collective reenactment of the 1967 San Juan massacre, where the Bolivian government killed more than twenty miners, constructs a cinematic experience of the cyclical Aymara notion of time. Domitila Chungara, the representative of The Housewives Committee of Siglo XX, takes us on a journey through the indigenous labor movement, the political mobilization of women and their testimonial practices, challenging both patriarchal and euro-centric feminist agendas.

Diego Mondaca studied film at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV - San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba - EICTV. Mondaca is a university professor in the Film Program of the UMSA (Bolivia) and a guest professor at the Blanco Chair of the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). He is the director of award-winning films such as La Chirola(2008), Ciudadela(2011) and Chaco (2020).