Sunday, November 21, 2021
Marta Rodriíguez was Jean Rouch’s student and one the first women documentary filmmakers in Colombia. These two early works, co-directed with Jorge Silva, culminated in threats to their lives and even an assassination attempt. Both films marked the beginning of a socially engaged oeuvre, focused on the Colombian working class and indigenous people. Made with a couple of Bolex cameras on loan from the dictator Rojas Pinilla’s official TV station, Chircales is the story of a family of brickmakers on the outskirts of Bogotá. Planas, testimonio de un etnocidio documents the massacre of indigenous people in Vichada, in the east of Colombia, and denounces the past and present indigenous exterminations by the Colombian state.