Introduction by filmmaker Santiago Mitre (El Estudiante, NYFF 2011)!

At once a treatise, a manifesto, an essay film, a history lesson, a poem and a battle cry, The Hour of the Furnaces is a classic of revolutionary cinema. Shot under the watchful eye of Argentina’s then-reigning military dictatorship in the early stages of the country’s “dirty war” and edited at a breathless fever pitch, the film functions as a sprawling history of Latin American politics, an incendiary discourse on the evils of neo-colonialism, and a passionate defense of violent action in the face of extreme injustice.