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DESEMBARCOS - When Memory Speaks


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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.


Directors' Note

" 'Desembarcos' is about the necessity to remember what happened during the military dictatorship in Argentina, to remember the thousands kidnapped, tortured, murdered. It shows this open wound of the Argentinian society reflected in this group of young people. It also shows their hopes, their quest to find their own identity in the struggle to remember and remind. This film is done with very little money but with the passion and the belief that film keeps history alive."


Press comments:

"Jeanine Meerapfels produktiver, sehenswerter Beitrag besticht argumentativ vor allem durch die Offenheit seines Diskurses, mit dem schonungslos Fragen der gesellschaftlichen Identität angegangen werden, die die Menschen in ihrem Denken und Handeln bewegen."
Die Wahrheit, Berlin (Rainer Braun, 11. 12.02.89)

"Der Film meidet die vorschnelle, die allzu einfache und eindeutige Position. Die Haltung bleibt immer klar, aber sie soll nicht oktroyiert, sondern erfahren werden"
Die Zeit, Hamburg (Norbert Grob, 16.06.89)

"... esa múltiple vertiente narrativa, resuelta con estimable dinamismo ... 'Desembarcos' es una obra vigorosa ..."
Página/12, Buenos Aires (María Núñez, 28.02.89)

"... una contemplación melancólica que no desdeña la reflexión."
(Víctor Hugo Ghitta, 31.03.89)

" ... refleja conmovedoramente el trabajo de un grupo de cineastas que dirigió en un taller del Instituto Goethe, y aprovecha con gran inteligencia los momentos previos a la sanción de la llamada ley de punto final."
Ambito Financiero, Buenos Aires (Nan Giménez, 31.03.89)

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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
   
   
Festivals:
Strasbourg, Berlin, Leipzig, Hong Kong, Istanbul, etc.
   
Distribution:
DVD edition (a selection of films by Jeanine Meerapfel)
Neue Visionen: info@neuevisionen.de
www.goodmovies.de
   
   
   
International distribution:
Malena Filmproduktion: info@malenafilm.com
   
Cinema distribution:
Deutsche Kinemathek: filmverleih@deutsche-kinemathek.de