As part of the Latin America’s 1968 Colloquium series, CLACS and NYU’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese are proud to present a screening of Amereida, sólo las huellas descubren el mar | Amereida, only the footprints discover the sea, followed by a conversation with Chilean filmmaker Javier Correa. The conversation will be moderated by Jens Andermann (NYU, Spanish and Portuguese). This event is free and open to the public.
About the film:
Amereida, sólo las huellas descubren el mar | Amereida, only the footprints discover the sea
(Javier Correa, Chile, 2017, 78 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Amereida is a poetic adventure of a group of artists, architects, poets and intellectuals who, in 1965, embarked on a journey from Tierra del Fuego to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, in Bolivia. The documentary Amereida, only the footprints discover the sea reconstructs the historical context that made this unique experience of art and life possible, as well as well as its consequences, which remain to this day: the creation of the avant-garde School of Architecture of the University of Valparaíso and the construction of the Open City, in the dunes of Ritoque, in Chile.
Based on conversations, archival materials and recent filming, Javier Correa approaches the facts and foundations of Amereida as a poetic journey, a poem-book, where its protagonists set out to rediscover the sense of America and its destiny in the world, and in this way refound the continent from the vantage of poetry as well as propose a practice of poetic dwelling.
About the filmmaker:
Javier Correa - Director, screenwriter, producer. Since 2004, Correa has produced short documentary and video on architecture, art, and culture. In 2012 he made his first feature length film, A primera hora, which was presented at festivals internationally. He is a member of Ciudad Abierta de Amereida, where he works on architectural and curatorial projects. Amereida, only the footprints discover the sea is his second full length film.
About the series:
Latin America’s 1968
In Latin America, the year 1968 marked a turning point in the social, political, and cultural transformations that had been unfolding in the wide wake of the Cuban Revolution of 1959. For Latin America, as for the rest of the world, the sixties were shaped by geopolitics of the Cold War, and of anti-colonial struggles across the globe. Yet they are most remembered by those who lived them as a time when ordinary people felt, like never before and perhaps never after, that they could change the course of history: millions of youth in student movements, advocates for indigenous rights, workers, campesinos, educators, intellectuals, and artists, long with guerillas and other armed insurgents, were self-aware in world-historical projects of radical social, political, economic, and cultural change. In these years, the personal became the political, politics became theatrical, theatre became a weapon, and the lines between self, art, and politics were forever redrawn. We study the complex relations between revolution, counterculture, and authoritarian rule as they emerged in Latin America’s 1968: the emergence of Brazil’s Cinema Novo, Cuba’s imperfect cinema, and militant documentary across the region; the rise of rick and activist nueva cancion, and also of experimental aesthetics in music, theatre, art and performance – tropicalia, nova objetividade, media art, happenings; the apogee of student activism and the counterculture in Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina, as well as its most harsh repression through the end of the “dictablanda” or “soft dictatorship” in Brazil, the massacre of Tlatelolco in Mexico, and, in 1969, the repression of the “Cordobazo” in Argentina.
This event is free and open to the public. ID is required to access the building. The conversation will be held in English.