This is a documentary film about the life and work of Raymundo Gleyzer, Argentine filmmaker, kidnapped and murdered by that country’s military dictatorship in 1976.
Through Raymundo’s life, we follow the story of Latin American revolutionary cinema and the liberation struggles of the 60’s and 70’s. Raymundo was one of the major architects of the militant cinema, yet after his "disappearance" he fell into oblivion.
It is essential that the new generation rediscovers his life and works which are a source of inspiration today more than ever. This documentary will bring back what the CIA and the Latin American dictatorships couldn’t destroy: the memory, the ideals and the courage to tell the truth.Film Studies For Free is delighted to present today a wonderful, full-length documentary about revolutionary Latin American cinema. It is a moving and hugely informative film about the inspirational life and filmmaking of Raymundo Gleyser, founder of the Cine de la Base movement. The Google translation of Spanish-language Wikipedia page about Gleyser may be read here.
We worked during four years on the research, recovery of archives and editing of the film, getting the support of Jan Vrijman Fund (IDFA - Netherlands), Fondation Altercine (Canada), and National Endowment of the Arts (Argentine). [Note by Ernesto Ardito and Virna Molina; hyperlinks added by Film Studies For Free]
There's very little written about Gleyser in English, so this subtitled version of Ernesto Ardito and Virna Molina's film is an incredibly valuable resource. Thanks so much to them for making it freely watchable online. A marvellous work of generosity in a number of ways. You can read a little about the documentary here.
Another, must-see film by Arduito and Molina that this filmmaking couple has just made available online for free, in an, as yet, unsubtitled version, is Nazión (2011) about the origins of the Argentine military dictatorship.
Below, FSFF has linked to its previous, related, entries of links to studies of Latin American and other radical and revolutionary cinema, together with some relevant full-length films viewable online.
- Catherine Grant, 'Classic Latin American film studies in memory of Mario Benedetti', Film Studies For Free, May 19, 2000
- Catherine Grant, 'Studies of 'Third Cinema' and anti-Eurocentric film culture', Film Studies For Free, August 10, 2009
- Catherine Grant, 'On Popular Memory and Third Cinema: the work of Teshome Gabriel', Film Studies For Free, June 18, 2010
- Catherine Grant, "Roots of Third Cinema" and other Michael Chanan films and videos online', Film Studies For Free, August 3, 2010
- Catherine Grant, 'Obstinate Battles for Documentary Memory: Patricio Guzmán Resources Online', Film Studies For Free, November 27, 2009
- Catherine Grant, "Making films anyhow": On Glauber Rocha's DIY cinema', Film Studies For Free, April 1 2010
- Catherine Grant, 'Peruvian Cinema (in the age of transnational film finance)', Film Studies For Free, October 29, 2009
- Hour of the Furnaces: Notes and Testimony on Neocolonialism, Violence and Liberation. Part 1 Neocolonialism and Violence
- Hour of the Furnaces: Notes and Testimony on Neocolonialism, Violence and Liberation. Part 2: Act for Liberation
- Hour of the Furnaces: Notes and Testimony on Neocolonialism, Violence and Liberation. Part 3: Violence and Liberation