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Nuestra voz de tierra, memoria y futuro

Our Voice of Earth, Memory and Future

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The dominant subject of the films of Marta Rodríguez and Jorge Silva is the centuries-long oppression of farmers and indigenous peoples in Colombia, and their equally long resistance. While the early films analysed these conditions using a vocabulary informed by Marxism, indigenous cosmogony became more and more influential in their later work. The result of this clarification process – unthinkable without the critical participation of the indigenous farmers of Coconuco – is Nuestra voz de tierra, memoria y futuro, whose images no longer function as argumentative proof for eyewitness accounts, but rather form a tightly woven system of signs: furrows in the landscape, the backs of animals, the gestures of monuments, the myths and masks of the people and the breath that brings musical instruments to life. “Our cinema must also be beautiful, as beautiful as possible,” noted Jorge Silva of Nuestra voz de tierra when it first screened at the Forum in 1982. This digital restoration honours an important work of Latin American political cinema, one that doesn’t posit indigenous culture in romantic contrast to modernity, but rather recognizes in it an aesthetic of resistance.

by
Marta Rodríguez
Jorge Silva

Colombia 1981

Spanish

Documentary form
108’ · Black/White

Crew

Director
Marta Rodríguez, Jorge Silva, with the support of the indigenous community of Coconuco/Cauca, indigenous people from Coconuco, Mexico, Peru and Bolivia
Screenplay
Marta Rodríguez, Jorge Silva
Editing
Marta Rodríguez, Jorge Silva, Caita Villalón
Music
Jorge López, Benjamin Yépez
Sound Design
Lucy Martínez, Santiago García, Juan Márquez
Sound
Ignacio Jiménez, Eduardo Burgos, Nora Drufovka
Production Design
Marta Rodríguez, Jorge Silva
Costumes
Pedro Alcántara
Make-up
Ricardo Duque
Producers
Marta Rodríguez, Jorge Silva, with support of the Cuban Film Institute, Wim Koole, Ikon TV
Digital restoration
Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst

Biography

Marta Rodríguez

Born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1933. She studied Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnology and Film. Together with her husband Jorge Silva, she worked on Chircales (1971), their first of many joint film projects. Rodríguez still works as a documentary filmmaker.

Filmography

1971 Chircales (The Brickmakers / Ziegelarbeiter); 42 min., co-directed by Jorge Silva · Planas: testimonios de un etnocidio (Plans: Testimony About Ethnocide); 37 min., co-directed by Jorge Silva 1975 Campesinos (Peasants); 51 min., co-directed by Jorge Silva 1980 La voz de los sobrevivientes; 16 min., co-directed by Jorge Silva 1981 Nuestra voz de tierra, memoria y futuro (Our Voice of Land, Memory, and Future); 90 min., co-directed by Jorge Silva, Forum 1982 1987 Nacer de nuevo (To Be Born Again); 30 min. 1989 Amor, mujeres y flores (Love, Women and Flowers); 52 min., co-directed by Jorge Silva 1993 Memoria Viva; 30 min., co-directed by lván Sanjines 1998 Amapola: La flor maldita; 32 min., co-directed by Lucas Silva · Los Hijos del Trueno; 56 min., co-directed by Lucas Silva 2001 La Hoja sagrada; 53 min. · Nunca más; 56 min., co-directed by Fernando Restrepo 2004 Una casa sola se vence; 48 min., co-directed by Fernando Restrepo 2006 Soraya, amor no es olvido; 52 min., co-directed by Fernando Restrepo 2010 Testigos de un etnocidio: memorias de Resistencia; 57 min. 2012 No hay dolor ajeno; 23 min. 2015 La toma del Milenio; 52 min. 2018 La sinfónica de los Andes; co-directed by Lucas Silva

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Jorge Silva

Born in Girardot, Colombia in 1941. He studied Literature and Visual Arts, and worked as a photographer, DP and journalist. He and Marta Rodríguez met in 1965 and later married, and together they made their first joint film, Chircales (1971). Jorge Silva died in 1987.

Filmography

1963 Días de Papel 1971 Chircales (The Brickmakers / Ziegelarbeiter); 42 min., co-directed by Marta Rodríguez · Planas: testimonios de un etnocidio (Plans: Testimony About Ethnocide); 37 min., co-directed by Marta Rodríguez 1975 Campesinos (Peasants); 51 min., co-directed by Marta Rodríguez 1980 La voz de los sobrevivientes; 16 min., co-directed by Marta Rodríguez 1981 Nuestra voz de tierra, memoria y futuro (Our Voice of Land, Memory, and Future); 90 min., co-directed by Marta Rodríguez, Forum 1982 1989 Amor, mujeres y flores (Love, Women and Flowers); 52 min., co-directed by Marta Rodríguez

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

World sales

Fundación Cine Documental / Investigación Social