Memory Exercises (Ejercicios de Memoria)

Remembering is recognizing that something no longer belongs to us, and that all that remains is an image. Memory Exercises is a documentary film about the story of people who need to remember a specific ‘last moment’ from their childhood in Paraguay, in order to recall the entire political background. Agustín Goiburú was the most prominent political opponent to the Stroessner regime in Paraguay. He disappeared in 1976 in Paraná, in the province of Entre Ríos, Argentina, where he was exiled during Operation Cóndor. The film attempts to piece together the political picture by resurrecting the last childhood memories of Agustín Goiburú´s family members: Elín, Rogelio, Rolando and Jazmín. And so begins an intimate exercise in memory, which tells the story of Paraguay over the last 35 years.

Director’s note
Why relive your suffering, Ismene said to Oedipus… To remember… I thought… And why remember? As not to suffer anymore…

World premiere
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2016, Zabaltegui Tabakalera

Key festivals and awards
Special Mention of the Jury, Festival Pachamama – Cinema de Fronteira, Brazil 2016; Festival Internacional de Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana 2016; Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2016; Best Documentary and Best Director Award, Cartagena International Film Festival 2017

Paraguay, 2016
Director: Paz Encina
Producers: Constanza Sanz Palacios Films (Argentina), Autentika Films (Germany), MPM Film (France), Silencio Cine (Paraguay)
German WCF partner: Autentika Films
World sales: tbc

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2013
Funding amount: 35.000 €