Colección Cineteca Nacional

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We present our new section named Retrovisor

Por Ambulante

17 ene 2019

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The Retrovisor section of Ambulante gathers Mexican news from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1980s.

The festival’s new selection will present a special curatorship from archival materials each year. 

With the objective of granting an identity to the set of archival works that form part of the programming, Ambulante Film Festival will be presenting a new section. Retrovisor (or “Rearview”) proposes the enrichment of the critical vision of the present through archival materials, and there will be a curated selection of news in upcoming editions of Ambulante, with a different theme each year.

Colección Cineteca Nacional

Colección Cineteca Nacional

In the fourteenth edition of the festival, Retrovisor will put together a selection of Mexican news from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1980s, which will be exhibited for the first time in the context of a film festival. The section consists of a program which will travel throughout the entire tour, in addition to a series of news capsules specific to each state, which will be presented at each opening.

“We propose an activation of the memory, a deritualization of access to information and at the same time a meeting to act in the present moment. It is usually assumed that the work that emerges from archives has an aura of truth, and more so if it is in the news format. News in Mexico have accompanied the cinematographic experience from the beginning of the 20th century to the beginning of the 1980s. Images were shown as indexes of truth. However, the structure of news, in form of reportage, is considered a lower genre than the documentary, as it doesn’t show, or doesn’t aim to show at first glance, the point of view of the author or an aesthetic perspective of reality. This year, we gather works that move through the genre of news or that dialogue with the mode of reporting to ask ourselves, what is the duration of the current time? How is historic truth established? How are images of reality presented? How can the effect that archives have on us be generated? And also, how does the archived image emerge? Are there archives of the illusory? When and how is the past inaugurated?” explains Tzutzumatzin Soto, curator of the selection.

Colección Cineteca Nacional

Colección Cineteca Nacional

In Mexico City, a seminar will be held that gathers specialists, investigators, filmmakers, archivists, and students to engage with the news collections and delve into their visioning, analysis, and reestablishment. In other states of the Republic, the showings will be accompanied by a laboratory of archives in which people may explore the possibilities of finding and using cinematographic news.

“The news contents, first cinematographic and then televisual, have helped support a general idea of what a country is and where it should go towards, in tune with a political strategy that usually bets on an idea of modernization. We will see if it is possible for the observation of the news to generate empathy (not nostalgia for the past) and allow us to connect our experience with the archives and its renegade images, in order to subvert them and find a place for them in the reality they created,” concludes the curator.

Colección Cineteca Nacional

Colección Cineteca Nacional

The titles that compose the section in each state will be published on www.ambulante.org throughout the month of January.

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