THE PEOPLE'S REVOLT:
A NEW CONSTITUTION
The People’s Revolt: A New Constitution, is an experimental film and video screening inspired by the social movement that bursted on October 18, 2019 in Chile, and that led the country to a plebiscite to vote for a new constitution. The original program, The People's Revolt, premiered over 2 years ago at Anthology Film Archives.
“The People’s Revolt has been a dream in the minds and hearts of many generations of Chileans.
A country that was established as a military base for the kingdom of Spain in times of conquest is not a minor precedent in the governmental history of Chile.
Being born in this long territory that borders the forces of the pacific ocean and a rugged geography, we have become resistant to the violent treatment of the ruling class. That colonial, white, militarized, patriarchal, misogynist, homophobic/transphobic, racist class of the many national leaders.
During a night of silence, perhaps in my early childhood when there was a curfew imposed by the dictatorship, I tapped into this dream and I have never been able to go back to sleep again.
The dream is made up of multiple images created by Chilean and First Nations artists who seek to escape and destroy a powerful shell of death that takes root in the beaches, lakes, valleys, mountains and deserts of my land.
In this screening I will share with you some of these images. The most recent ones. From a time in which the majority of Chileans and the people of Wallmapu returned to dreaming while awake. With their hands full of popular creative power they were capable of ripping that shell from its roots.
As long as these images propagate in the minds of the viewers, The People's Revolt's dream will come to life and show you the way.”
curated by Anto Astudillo, who also wrote the description above.
Junio/June 11 @MilleniumFilmWorkshop
Octubre/October 24-30 @UppsalaShortFilmFestival
"THE PEOPLES' REVOLT: A NEW CONSTITUTION" CHILEAN EXPERIMENTAL FILMS OF RESISTANCE / (“LA REVOLUCIÓN DEL PUEBLO”: UNA NUEVA CONSTITUCION" CINE CHILENX EXPERIMENTAL DE RESISTENCIA)
FILM PROGRAM/ PROGRAMA
Cecilia Araneda “Unarchive”, 12:56, Digital, 2020
Unarchive juxtaposes the filmmaker’s father’s life with the political history of Chile – his birthplace – over the past century. It reflects on how we remember and how we forget, and the role of the camera in transcending the complex space in between.
Erin Wajufos “Cocalite”, 00:30, Digital, 2020
Digital experiment using images of people from Santiago, Chile
CCPCH "Los Ojos", 05:00, Digital, 2019
Instagram film made during Chile's social revolt using phone footage capture by protesters exposing "cuicos"
(upper class Chileans). The film uses archival footage from historical early cinema films and from 60's, 70's and 80's films made during the CHILEAN RENAISSANCE in cinema.
“Fenómenos Extraordinarios”, 09:21, 16mm & Super8 to Digital, 2019
(Colectivo de investigación y experimentación en formatos fílmicos/Collective of research and experimentation in film formats)
“Fenómenos Extraordinarios” es un documental de registro colectivo durante los días más complejos de las protestas de octubre 2019 en Santiago. Las imágenes están situadas en las calles periféricas al núcleo de las manifestaciones donde la policía intentaba irrumpir para disolver el legítimo derecho a la protesta. Pero es también un experimento de asociación entre dos fuerzas invisibles, la de los movimientos sociales y la naturaleza. En tiempos de revolución y pandemia desconfiamos de la imagen y nos preguntamos por la nueva sintaxis del cine.
Ricardo :Socorro “Despertar”, 05:13, Digital, 2020
experimental short film that addresses, from the testimonial and documentary, a trajectory of transformation that begins with the social outbreak of October and extends until the explosion of COVID19 and the quarantine.
Erin Wajufos “CAM_2198”, 01:00, Digital, 2020
Digital experiment using images of Santiago, Chile
Flavia Furtado “Fuck da police”, 06:07, Digital, 2021
Feminist performance in the streets of a dystopian Santiago de Chile, post-revolution, between marches and protests.
Pepe Rovano “Revolución Social Inmersiva” WIP, 18:35, Digital 360 Video, 2022
An immersive documentary, showing the protests and artistic actions that took place during the social revolt and state of emergency in Chile until the new constitution. These intimate recording in 360º accompany the actions of a group of protesters and activists, that were carried out as a form of social condemnation and resistance, against the political violence and the unjust economic measure of the Chilean neoliberal state, which has caused so many social inequalities. VR360º work in progress.
Sebastian Arriagada “Nueva Carne/New Flesh”, 10:43, Digital, 2022
A minor is pushed into the Mapocho River by police officers during the October 2020 protests in Chile. This is a video essay that occupies the images that were handed over by the police to the prosecution during the trial for attempted homicide. An aerial camera, a chest camera of the policeman and some audios of his colleagues are enough material to recreate the murky atmosphere of that moment.
Somos La Célula and Lina Meruane “Matar el ojo”, 15:31, Digital, 2020
Based on fragments from the homonymous essay by Chilean author Lina Meruane, "Matar el ojo" pairs reflections on the Chilean uprising that began in October 2019, and the ensuing state repression, with a traveling shot along the central avenue in downtown Santiago.
Erin Wajufos “Untitle First Cut”, 03:47, Digital, 2022
"Untitled: 1st Cut" is an outsider's peek into the complex tragedy's concerning country-wide protests where Chilean police arrested 450 people while at least two died as protests in Santiago and other cities turned violent before the highly-contested presidential elections.
Catrileo+Carrión Community “Ngoymalayiñ 0: Refusing the archive of death”, 05:54, Digital, 2022
Ngoymalayiñ 0 is a video-performance filmed in the city of Valparaíso (Chile) where the body of Malku Catrileo intervenes in the abandoned port shed that during the 19th century was part of the Barón station where the railway transported raw materials abroad. The performance marks the space with the phrase “ngoymalayiñ,” which in Mapuzungun means “we do not forget” as an action that questions the colonial history of Valparaíso up to the present. Malku writes this phrase with neoprene and fire as a gesture that refers to the colonial violence that is still present in this territory named by the Indigenous peoples as Pikunmapu/Qullasuyu.
Anto Astudillo “La Revolución del Pueblo/The People’s Revolt” WIP (excerpt), 10:00, 16mm to digital, 2022
For more than 10 years I have been filming different protests in the United States and Chile. These protests have had a huge impact on my life. The Student Revolution, Black Lives Matters, The Women's March and Chile's Social Movement of October 18, 2019 that lead to a new constitution, have been captured with the intention of archiving history, as well as motivating in the audience a feeling of community and popular resonance in the world. This fragment focuses on Chile's social revolt captured in December 2019 and January 2020.
Total running time: 110 min.