Poetry in foundation times

A group of cinema producers gathered in Viña del Mar, Chile, in 1967. Those were the times of the military dictatorships that devastated Latin America which killed thousands of young people who knowing the value of revolution (a lesson that still must be learned today) face the dictatorships and died over the pavement. The cinema producers gathered in Chile were part of that movement that wanted to erase the years of darkness and design a better future in Latin America. 

That encounter was actually and important precedent for the creation - seven years later - on the Latin American Cinema Producer Committee, which foundational act cleared the objectives of its creation. "Our works were carried out some years before through different, isolated, complex, difficult and even heroic experiences, which were the consequence of unique precedents, historical, political, cultural and cinema characteristics of our nations".

The best representation of this was showed at the panel carried out on Thursday at the National Hotel which confirmed the importance of the critic thinking and the consciousness of those artists that decided to gather to find new ways of promoting the region´s cinema, which intentions were also showed in the master lines by Gabriel García Márquez accompanying the Cuban festival: "Our ultimate objective is to achieve the integration of the Latin American cinema. Just that, simple as that.

The encounter counter with the presence of three of the most important cinema producers participating in this creation to make a turning point in the continent´s cinema starting from its common points and diversity. Edmundo Ariay (Venezuela) used his experience as an original member from C-CAL when he talked about the invaluable contributions of his generation to the Latin American cinema.

He also pointed out that the foundation time was a very luminous period in which despite the cruel times there was this dream of promoting a new cinema with its own outlook and its own way of looking for freedom, social justice in the continent, along with the beautiful rebelliousness of the young people and the need to eradicate the moral emptiness and the oppression of the dictatorships. Aray highlighted the important contributions by Alfredo Guevara and Gabriel García Márquez and used his experience to make clear that such way of understanding cinema as a platform for change and evolution is not something from the past, but a valid way for change.

Sergio Trabucco is one of the founders of the Latin American Cinema Producers Committee. This Chilean cinema producer was a member of the board of Chile Films in the government of president Allende. He opened his speech by talking about how the Latin American cinema produced several films that denounced Augusto Pinochet´s military dictatorship and which reflected the struggle of the resistance after the coup d´état against the official government of president Allende.

This Chilean producer has been very related to Havana´s Cinema Festival. He has performed in films like Compañero Presidente (1971), by Miguel Littín and Tierra quemada (1967) by Alejo Álvarez. He also highlighted the importance of this cinema festival for gathering different experiences of the producers and continue to give voice to a cinema that beats with its own rhythm and moves away from the theories of the main cinema enterprises.

Other founding member of ICAIC and C-CAL was Manuel Pérez Paredes (Cuba) who also holds a National Cinema Award. He requested to recover the history of this movement to share it with the new generations. He also urged to show it as an act full of poetry and a vital force that characterizes the creation of an authentic fact, which in such case oriented the diversity of a whole continent and made possible that the Latin American cinema could turn towards a course of its own.

Taken from Granma.

Translated by: Osmany Ortiz González (Azurina)