Monday, June 6, 2016

Director's introduction to the May 26th, 2016 screening in Oakland

Here, now:

Rivers of families flow, carried from ancestral homes,
by man-made banks buttressed
by poverty and greed, hardened by drought.

Now we move. Big, spectacular movements. Deep, invisible movements.

As we move, we encounter:
the fear of our dark masses—dirty dangerous migrants—
is the fear of the earth-shaking that our landing always brings,
fear of our catalyzing inner migrations,
fear of the power-filled landscape rearranged
when our feet connect deeply with this earth (even when it is covered in concrete)
when our communities tap into the power of entwined roots growing deep and strong,
finally finding common ground.

After displacement: dispersion. After dispersion: diaspora takes root.

And the harvest...

We refuse to accept the accumulation of microaggressions
everyday oppression becomes violent suppression
unless there is Truth, Justice, Reconciliation. In that order.
Truth, Justice, Reconciliation.
No truth, no justice. No justice, no peace.

Let us begin with truth.
Let us begin with ourselves.
Who are we?
How can we fully accept and belong to where we came from
(all the places, all the people, all the trauma, all the beauty of where we came from)
and fully accept and belong to here?

Where we came from, all of us:
people of the land
guided by spirits
whom we care for
guided by parents and neighbors
who teach us
how to cultivate and cook,
how they brought us here because they had to,
how the ancestors still hold us
accountable,
how our places still hold memory
and the power to shake us from our stupor.

Our fear of our own past
is born of trauma of the massive upheavals that brought us here,
of the violence that all our ancestors suffered and perpetrated,
of the uprooting that we do not know how to stop in our own lives.
So we bury our broken roots and our skeletons deep, and then pave over it all,
and forget that our foundations are built on graves.

Where we are, all of us:
people growing in the cracks of the concrete,
in the articulations of the slabs of the global systems,
in crisis, in screens, in projections,
in unexpected mutations, duplications, dplicities and mutilations,
our bodies broken by projectiles,
our souls fragmented by fear of feeling the full power of truth.

And yet we do feel:
our dead become manifest in us as we embody their dreams for the future,
our art, our work struggles to do justice to our crises, to become justice
as we are seized and carried by flows of information,
the currents of social movements and social media,
fighting paralysis, many just getting by, just holding on,
all struggling to maintain integrity and connection
in the convulsing current of humanity and the more-than-human world.

What are the borders between our people, or places?
Mi pueblo: my people, my place: the living, the present, the cholaje-mestizaje, the mix that is metamorphing.
Tu pueblo: your people, your place: o ancestors, o my past, o spirits, descendents, future.

We are divided by dots and dashes—borders on maps, digital 1s and 0s abstracting and fragmenting our single, whole reality,
making it easier to separate my hunger with your hunger—
boundaries—classes, nations, cities, identities, edifices, films—that hold us, entangle us, weave us together and pull us apart.

We are united by one ajayu, the spirit of our time, the soul of our movements, the creativity of our humanity, the reaching, spiraling towards truth that will set us free.
Ans so we weave our true tales together,
wearing our stories on our backs,
we build boats out of them,
and hold onto one another
as the Flow carries us into the future.




Wednesday, May 25, 2016

tomorrow THURSDAY MAY 26th at 7PM!

Come see the first Bay Area public screening of *SPECTACULAR MOVEMENTS* feature documentary at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland!

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The film follows the journey of ten Bolivian youth
who recreate revolutionary history, seek memory, demand overdue justice,
and reforge their indigenous-mestizo identity through creative performance,
manifesting spectacular movements.
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~ Movimientos Espectaculares ~ a feature documentary ~ a Bolivian, Venezuelan and US production ~

Q and A with Director Mateo Hinojosa following screening.

The New Parkway Theater
474 24th St, Oakland, CA 94612\

THURSDAY MAY 26th at 7PM



Buy your tickets online now, only $7!
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AND: we'll be selling our brand-new just-screenprinted T-shirts!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Today, in Tehran! Proud to be screening at the Cinema Vérité Iran International Documentary Film Festival. How many Iranis have had the chance to see Bolivian cinema before now?

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Colombiaaaaaaaaa!   This Saturday at 6:30pm in Bogotá, come and watch!




Thursday, August 20, 2015






Chicago says:

"For me the film was amazing 
because the work of the artists is laying down precedents, 

manifesting themselves, making their voices heard... 

saying, here we are, 
a generation in evolution

"We follow, watch these kids as they develop
and learn about their own history...

couldn't help but get caught up...
endearing and passionate..."



From Austin to Oakland, where we held an intimate screening, audiences react:

"... totally unique in the embedded viewpoint 
exposing all the problematics and deep questioning 
as well as the genuine beauty of the learning process…
getting straight to the heart of the uniqueness 
(and tactical brilliance) of Bolivian indigenous struggles… 

so many layers of smart choices in this movie." 
  - Mona Caron


"The film has such power 
- the actor's, and the theater group as a whole -
 their integrity and ability to be in a state of vulnerability and becoming/evolving - 
the work they are doing in the play 
–inhabiting the dead, the ancestors, is haunting.... 
[what] struck me the most is the act of political resistance that the film itself is. 
You managed to truly break down the barrier between director and subject."
  - Holen Sabrina Khan




Saturday, February 14, 2015

Final sound mixing

Final sound mixing!  We had an amazing surround sound mix session with Jim LeBrecht, the genius who worked on The Devil and Daniel Johnson, among other great films. This was the very last content editing for the film! I declare it finished!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014