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Presented by 

Lorry Salcedo Mitrani

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In Collaboration with

Mr. Guzman Aguirre Altamirano

Ms. Martha Meier Miro Quesada

Mrs. Ana Maria Estrada de Rosen

Mr. Carlos Sandoval de la Cruz

The Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations

Wiese Foundation

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Honoring the Peruvian Archeology

16, 17, 18 and 19 of September 2014

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Cervantes Institute of New York

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211 East 49th St.

New York, NY 10017

(212) 308-7720

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FREE AND OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

Welcome to the New York Peruvian Film Showcase, a celebration  of modern Peruvian cinema’s exhilarating fifty-year journey. This year, the program is dedicated to Peruvian archaeology, as portrayed through cinematography, video art, science, literature, and music.

Peru, a vibrant multicultural country with a varied, abundant and rich cultural heritage, boasts a stunning archaeological legacy that includes such unique sites as the citadel of Caral, which dates back more than five thousand years. This legacy is present in the daily life of the populations: pre-Columbian temples, or huacas, dot the urban landscapes, royal tombs are unearthed on a regular basis, and ancient Peruvian art forms still influence and inspire present generations.

The archaeologist Ruth Shady, who discovered the citadel of Caral, wrote, “We have to bear in mind the importance of archaeological heritage as a vital resource for promoting inclusive development, due to its historical, social, and cultural importance. Building upon that foundation, our heritage can be included in government policies and transmitted on a continual basis to our modern society through texts, the recovery of monuments, and museum exhibits.” 

This celebration of Peru’s historical legacy will showcase 13 films from the last 50 years, including documentaries, shorts, video art, and feature-length fiction, as well as an homage to the life and work of our great friend and filmmaker Roberto Guerra, who left us this past January, 2014.

The 5th Edition of the New York Peruvian Film Showcase is directed and produced by the photographer and filmmaker Lorry Salcedo Mitrani, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations in New York, the Wiese Foundation, and with the generous support of Mr. Guzman Aguirre Altamirano, Ms. Martha Meier Miro Quesada, Mrs. Ana Maria Estrada de Rosen and Mr. Carlos Sandoval de la Cruz, President of the Regional Government of La Libertad.

Additional support has been provided by Susana Mitrani, Marco Palomino Pezo, Javier Iturralde de Bracamonte, the Center for American Studies in Lima (CEA), Santa Maria Hotel in Huamachuco, Cerveza Cusqueña and Backus Corporation.

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FILM PROGRAM
Tuesday      September  16, 2014 
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6:00- 6:20 pm
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Opening night of the 5th Edition of the New York Peruvian Film Showcase

Presented by: Kali Salcedo Villarosa, Lorry Salcedo Mitrani and Peruvian Ambassador to the United Nations Gustavo Meza-Cuadra

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6:25 – 6:45 pm
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Roberto Guerra, a life.
A tribute to filmmaker Roberto  Guerra (20’) Documentary by Lorry Salcedo Mitrani
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Guest: Ana de Orbegoso

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Award ceremony: The Backus Corporation Award for Lifetime Achievement and Contribution to the Art of Cinematography.

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6:50 – 6:55 pm

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Che Guevara recites  “The Black Heralds” 

(Los Heraldos Negros), (3’),  a poem by Cesar Vallejo. Excerpt from the documentary Che, a new man (Che, un hombre nuevo) (2010) by Tristan Bauer.

Spanish.

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7:00 – 8:30 pm

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The Mute

(El Mudo)  (1:30’) Feature-length film by Daniel y Diego Vega (2014). 

Best Actor  (Locarno Film Festival), Best Director and Best Actor (BAFICI Film Festival)

Spanish with English subtitles.

Was it a stray bullet or a botched assassination attempt that left Constantino mute? Fernando Bacilio delivers a stunning performance as an obsessed magistrate who goes beyond the bounds of his powers to get answers. Diego and Daniel Vega combine deadpan existentialism, political satire, and slow-burning mystery for a winning combination. The plot is tantalizing: as in classic movie mysteries like The Conversation and Blow-Up, the uncertainty extends beyond the criminal’s identity to the very nature of the crime itself.

 El Mudo

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8:30 – 9:30 pm

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Reception hosted by the Mission of Peru to the United Nations.


Wednesday     September   17, 2014

Archaeology and Art. (Films Presentation by Fortuna Calvo-Roth). 

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6:00 – 7:05 pm

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Lady of Cao

(La Dama de Cao) (51’47”) Documentary by the Wiese Foundation and Explora Films (2010)

Spanish with English subtitles.

Guest: Ms. Silvia Vega Llona

This documentary tells the story of an astonishing discovery: the well-preserved body of a young woman with tattooed arms and legs, buried along with symbols of power previously only found at the burial sites of high-ranking men. The mummy turned out to be the Lady of Cao of the Moche Culture on the northern coast of Peru, first woman ruler in the pre-Columbian world.

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7:10 – 7:40 pm

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The Huamachucos

(15’) Book and documentary short by Lorry Salcedo  (2014)

Spanish dialogue with English subtitles.

Guest: Lorry Salcedo Mitrani

The Huamachucos were a pre-Hispanic culture who inhabited the northern highlands of Peru between the fifth and eleventh centuries A.D. The finest example of this culture’s architectural sophistication may be seen in the citadel of Marcahuamachuco. This story introduces us to the past and present of the Huamachuco culture.

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7: 45 – 8:00 pm

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Machu Picchu

(15’) Documentary by Fernando Elorrieta y Edgar Elorrieta (2009). Excerpt from the documentary Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Cusco y el Valle Sagrado de los Incas) (48’).

English.

Machu Picchu needs no introduction, but the focus of this gorgeous documentary by the Elorrieta brothers is directed elsewhere. Here, they show us the stunning Inca citadel from an archaeo-astronomical perspective, helping to unlock the mysteries hidden inside this magical site. 

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8: 05 – 8:20 pm

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The Last Inca Princess

(La Ultima Princesa Inca) (12’) Video Art by Ana de Orbegoso (2014)

This experimental video brings to life and infuses current relevance into a colonial painting that captures a crucial moment in history: the execution of the last rebel, Inca Tupac Amaru (born Jose Gabriel Condorcanqui, Tupac Amaru II), and the political wedding of his niece, Beatriz Clara Coya, to a Spanish army captain—events that consummated the Spaniards’ conquest of the Inca empire and the official fusion of Peruvian and Spanish cultures.

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8: 25 – 9:00 pm

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Andean music concert by soprano Sylvia Falcon

considered the heiress to Yma Sumac

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Thursday       September 18, 2014

(Films Presentation by Linda Villarosa)

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6:00– 7:15 pm

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Dirge for a hug

(Responso para un Abrazo) (1h 13’) Documentary by Nora de Izcue  (2013)

Spanish  with English subtitles.

Cesar Calvo, one of the great contemporary Peruvian poets and a member of the so-called Generation of the ‘60s, was one of those people who leaves deep impressions behind when they are gone. Thanks to his poetry, dazzling and moving, refined and musical; his work in prose, in which he highlights his love for the Amazon jungle, whose worldview he depicted masterfully; and an irresistible personality that led him to live each day as if it were his last, he has now become a legend.

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7:20 – 7:35 pm

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This happen to you?

(¿Esto le pasó a usted?) (15’) Fiction short by Ana Maria Estrada de Rosen (2014)

Spanish with English subtitles.

Guest: Director Ana Maria Estrada de Rosen

In this black comedy, Fausto and Ofelia return to their native Peru after 30 years away. They are faced with the reality of a country that has changed over all this time, and are now dealing with the idea of getting Alzheimers’s. Fausto meets Jaime, a hustler, and their whole life is changed.

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7:40 – 9:10 pm

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Gods

(Dioses)  (1:30’) Feature-length film by Josue Mendez (2008)

Spanish with English subtitles.

Dioses presents us with a dysfunctional family who lives in a seemingly perfect world: the exclusive beaches to the south of Lima, where the city’s upper class spends each summer. Agustin, the father, is a prosperous businessman who is just starting out on a new life with Elisa, his new fiancée, twenty years his junior and the product of a more humble social background. Andrea, the eldest daughter, is a successful model who seems to have it all, but she also has something to hide. Diego, the youngest child, is a teenager tormented by guilt over his secret infatuation with his sister. A story of decadence, hypocrisy, and conformism in a frivolous, self-interested environment, where each of the characters acts as if they were a god: beyond rules, beyond morals, beyond belief. 

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Friday         September 19, 2014

(Films Presentation by Rose Arce)

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6:00 – 6:50 pm

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The Winding Paths of Otto Brun Faith

(El Azaroso Camino de la Fe de Otto Brun) (50’) Documentary by  Grupo Chaski (2013). 

In 1972, a young Swiss priest named Otto Brun settled in Peru, leaving behind a Catholic mother, a strict father, and a Europe still in turmoil after May of ‘68. He arrived in pursuit of the ideas of “Liberation Theology,” which he had heard about at a conference in Madrid, and whose impact would lead him to question the very core of what it means to be a priest: How can one be a Christian on such an oppressed continent? What could he do to make faith into an instrument of liberation? wondered Otto. His allegiance to the cause would have a severe impact on his daily life. He was persecuted by the upper hierarchy of the Catholic Church, receiving threats and reprimands. But none of these pressure tactics could dissuade him from his faith or his mission to help society’s dispossessed. Until he fell in love with his assistant and decided to leave behind his priest’s robes to get married.

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6:55 – 7:15 pm

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Loxoro

(18’50”) Fiction short by Claudia Llosa (2011).

Winner of the Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival

Spanish with English subtitles.

Guess: Director Claudia Llosa

Makuti is a transgender mother in search of her daughter Mia, also transgender, after the latter disappears. Makuti searches high and low in all the spots where Mia spent time, slowly revealing the hidden face of Lima’s transsexual world, a community forced to close ranks to defend itself from marginalization, even developing its own language, Loxoro, also known as “Hungarian.” 

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7:20 – 9:10 pm

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The Gospel of the Flesh

(El Evangelio de la Carne) (1h 50’) Feature-length film by Eduardo Mendoza (2014)

Spanish with English subtitles.

Guest: Director Eduardo Mendoza

The lives of three people in search of redemption intersect in the streets of Lima: undercover cop Gamarra’s desperate attempts to save his wife from a terminal illness get him into trouble; bus driver Felix wants to be accepted into a religious sect after his involvement in a tragic traffic accident; and Narciso, the imperiled leader of a soccer team fan club, tries to secure his younger brother’s release from prison. El Evangelio de la Carne does for Lima what Amores Perros did for Mexico City, presenting a complex portrait of a socially and financially precarious world.

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