Fundación Alumbrar Movies

Fundación Alumbrar has been given numerous awards both in National and International Festivals,  in appreciation of the following films made:

los-presos-bragadoThe Prisonners of Bragado

Synopsis

In the year 1931, some months after General Uriburu’s coup d’etat in Argentina, the conservative caudillo of Bragado, province of Buenos Aires, José María Blanch is sent a crate of apples, which contains a bomb, which causes the death of his daughter, María Enriqueta Blanch, and his sister-in-law, Paula Arroubarrena. Three anarchist workers, Pascual Vuotto, Reclus de Diago, y Santiago Mainini are accused of the bombing. After having been tortured in the Bragado  police station and forced to sign depositions they are sentenced to life imprisonment. They remain in jail for eleven years throughout which a solidarity  campaign is organized in the entire country with the participation of anarchist, socialist, communist, and meetings are organized and the newspaper “Justicia” is published to broardcast the plight of the prisioners. . The case is known as the Argentine Sacco y Vanzetti trial. On the 24 of July , 1942 Vuotto, Mainni, y de Diago are pardoned by Rodolfo Moreno, governor of the province of Buenos Aires. In July,  1993  a law is passed by the National Congress which declares the prisoners innocent, the sentence unjust, and calls for the cleansing of the memory of the victims.

Declaration of intentions of the author

The objectives of this documentary are basically;
To cast light on a historical fact obscured by the official history of our country, which allows us to show the strength that anarchists had at the beginning of the century within the Argentine workers’ movement. This promotes discussions in the public about the different aspects in Argentine history, especially regarding the workers’ movement.
To provide an account of this historical episode from the memories of the participants in these events, with special emphasis on the day-to-day aspects of a solidarity campaign of such impact.
To use the editing of the film itself to tell the story. For this reason the author’s voice is heard in off to highlight the subjective and emotional aspects present in a work that has involved  so much time and such intimate relationships with the people who appear in the video.

Credits

Tittle: “They Called them the Prisioners of Bragado”
Duration: 45 minutos - Documentary Video
Country Production: Argentina
Year of Production: 1995
Chief of Production: María Pilotti.
Camera: Mariana Arruti, Marcos Montenegro, Raúl Varela.
Sound: Pablo Vázquez
Photography: Mariana Arruti
Montage: Mariana Arruti
Edition: Javier Correa, Leandro Spatz
Assistant Directors: Pablo Vázquez, María Pilotti.
Music: Bernardo Baraj
Text, Investigation, and Direction: Mariana Arruti.

Awards

Awarded  First Prize at the IV Film and  Video  Contest held in Santa Fe,  Argentina  1995 .
Awarded Prize “Jorge Prelorán” Best Documentary Video 1995- Magazine “Sin  Cortes”,
International Cinema Magazine, 1995.
Awarded Certificate of County Interest by de City  of Bragado  for its recovery    of   the historical memory    of  the  city during the 30s, 1995
Awarded First Prize “Zelmar Michelini” at the First International Festival of    Video and Cinema about    Human Rights in Latin American and Caribbean (Derhumalc) Category Documentary Short Film, 1997.
Selected  for  clousing the  Gessell  Cinema  and  Video Festival,  Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, 1996.
In competition for the Cóndor de Plata Best  Argentinian Video Film 1999, by he Association of Film Reporters in Argentina.

International Festival Selection

X Trieste Latin American Festival (Italia)
39 th. Leipzig Festival (Alemania)
IX Montreal Festival “Elles Tournent” (Canadá)
3 th Exhibition of Etnographic Films Río de Janeiro (Brazil)
13 th. Chicago Latin American Festival (EEUU)

 

19771977, Home Assaulted

Synopsis

In the 15 th of september, 1977, a blind couple disappeared in an repression operation  conducted against their home. Their house is pillaged and then used for seventeen years to house an Officers’ Center in the city of Rosario, Santa fe,  Argentina. This painful experience took place during the last military dictatorship. It tells the story of a mother searching for her disappeared daughter, her own evolution and the struggle that made her one of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo. This video highlights the crucial role played by women  in the struggle against the Military Junta.
Declaration of intentions of the author
To cast light on a historical fact obscured by the oficial history of our country
To show the damage that this fact produces.

Credits

Title: “1977, Home Assaulted”
Duration: 35 minutes
Country Production: Argentina
Year of Production: 1997
Production: Alumbrar, Foundation for Cinematographic Creation
Text, Investigation and Direction: María Pilotti
Assistant Director: Pablo Vázquez
Cámera: Mariana Arruti, Luis Cámara, Aldo Castelli
Sound: Pablo Vázquez
Photographi: Luis Cámara
Montage: María Pilotti
Edition: Javier Correa, Angel García Zinsel
Original Music: Bernardo Baraj
Periodistic Investigation: Osvaldo Bayer, Carlos del Frade
Director Adress:  María Pilotti

Awards

Declared  Province Interest. Santa Fe, and Buenos Aires city.
Declared of educative and educational interest. Ministery of Education – Proviince of Santa Fe.
Best Documentary Prize, V International Chilean Festival of Cinema and   Video, Santiago, Chile, 1997.
Best Documentary Prize, VI Film and Video Contest, Santa Fe, Argentina,   1997.
Certificate of City Interest, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“Cacho Pallero” Prize, Foundation Fernando Birri, “to the film that best  show the desire of people to live with dignity”  VI Film and Video  Festival,  Santa  Fe, Argentina, 1997
First Prize Alternative Movies, FM La Tribu, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1997.
Award Human Rights Best Alternative Movies, FM La Tribu, Buenos Aires,  Argentina, 1997.
Best Documentary Prize, II Documental Avellaneda, Festival  1999
Human Rights Best Documental, Human rights Ecumenic Concillius  Avellaneda Festival 1999
FILMVIDEO 2000
51ª.  Mostra Internazionale del Corto Montecatini Terme
Participated in the XV International Film Festival in Mar del Plata, Argentina, 1999
In competition for the Cóndor de Plata Best  Argentinian Video Film 1999, by he Association of  Film Reporters in Argentina.  
Award “Citizen Organization ans Social Movements” in Máxico, 2002  II Festival Hispanoamericano “Contra el Silencio Todas las Voces”
Award V Edition “La Sudestada” Cervantes Institute París in “twoo weeks  argentine movies” -26 mayo al 6 de junio 2003-

International Festival Selection

XII Trieste Latin American Festival, (Italy, 1997)
XXIV Bahía International Festival, (Brazil, 1997)
14 th. Chicago Latin American Film Festival, (USA, 1998)
The World Peace & Environmental Film Festival (New York, 1998)
United Nations Ecosoc Screening Room)
Innt l Festival of New Film in Split (Croacia, 1998)
41 Internationales Leipziger Festival fur Dokumentalr und Animation film (Doitchland, 1998)
VIII International Video Festival “Cida”, (Spain, 1999)

The films  “Los Presos de Bragado” and “1977, Casa Tomada” were released in the cinema by the name : “Historias No Contadas”, “Un told histories”.

la-huelga-de-los-locosThe strike of the loonies

Synopsis

During the year 1956 the Naval Construction Trade Union, an anarquist traditional institution, begun a reclamation referring to their labour’s conditions, demanding a 6 hours daily shift  because of unhealthy conditions of work. Besides they requested  cultural, free time and living rights.
The owners closed the shipyard. So the workers transformed the owner’s Lock Out in a strike which lasted 14 months. This is known as “ the longest strike of the century”.
They lost the struggle. Hundreds of workers lost their jobs and the owners accepted another Trade Union without any support representing the naval workers.
The naval industry started its decline and practically no ships were built or repaired any longer in argentine ports.
Nevertheless, the Naval Construction Trade Union still remains in the memory of the workers as the authentic Trade Union.
The strike is remembered as a historical and personal event and even today is a milestone in the history of dignity and freedom in our country.

Credits

Video System: Betacam SP
Investigation: Mariana Arruti
Duration: 30 minutes
Original sound track: Bernardo Baraj
Sound: Pablo Vázquez
Fixed Photography: Hernán Paz
Photography: Mariana Arruti
Photography of Quinquela Martín Paintings:  Aníbal Cattaneo
Cameras: Mariana Arruti – Aníbal Cattaneo
Edition: Emilio Seillant
Script: Mariana Arruti – Hernán Paz
Assistant Director: María Pilotti – Hernán Paz
Directed by: Mariana Arruti
Filmography
The prisoners of Bragado  (Un told histories)

Awards

Honour Mention  II Festival Internacional Iberoamericano
Contra el Silencio todas las Voces” (México 2002)
Best Music   Festival de Cine y Video Santa Fe 2002
Interest Declared  city  of   Buenos Aires

International Festival Selection

25 Internacional Festival “Cinéma du réel” Centre Pompidou, France 2003
V Internacional Film Human Wrights  DerHumALC, 2003
X Latinoamerican Film  Festival – Rosario - Argentina 2003
XII Muestra Nacional de Cine y Video Antropológico Buenos Aires, 2003
International Film Festival Iquique (Chile) 2003

 


Film Director: Mariana Arruti