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Be The Media Workshop with Master Documentary Filmmaker Patricio Guzmán

May 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm EDT

In addition to our virtual screening of The Cordillera of Dreams we presented a Be The Media!  workshop featuring a talk and Q&A with filmmaker Patricio Guzmán live from Paris on Friday, May 22, 2020.  Local filmmaker Daniel Mosquera, professor of Hispanic and Latin American & Caribbean Studies at Union College, provided simultaneous translation.  

This event and screening is co-sponsored by iEAR Presents! and the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer, made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


About Patricio Guzmán:

From The Battle of Chile, filmed in black and white, on 16mm film, in the midst of social upheaval and revolution, to Nostalgia for the Light, filmed with modern digital technology, filled with vibrant colors, poetic connections and introspection, Guzmán’s epic body of work is the unprecedented record of one country’s journey and one filmmaker’s evolution.

Born in Santiago de Chile in 1941, Patricio Guzmán is one of the leading documentary filmmakers in the world. He studied filmmaking at the Film Institute at the Catholic University of Chile, and at the Official School of Film in Madrid.

After the 1973 Chilean coup Guzmán left the country and has lived in Cuba, Spain and France, where he currently resides. Six of his films have premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, including The Battle of Chile, The Pinochet Case, Salvador Allende, Nostalgia for the Light, for which he received the Grand Award from the European Film Academy in 2011.

Guzmán’s The Battle of Chile remains one of the most widely praised documentary films of all time, and was named “one of the 10 best political documentary films in the world” by Cineaste. His films have been extensively screened worldwide and he’s been the subject of numerous film retrospectives, most recently at the British Film Institute, Harvard Film Archive, and BAMcinématek. In 2013, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and last February he was awarded with the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlinale for The Pearl Button, his most recent production (which is due to open theatrically in the US this fall).


Be The Media! workshops teach multimedia skills to community members in order to develop urgently needed independent local voices. Our goal is to empower the public through independent media making, supplying them with the tools to tell their own stories through different mediums of media including video, radio and journalism.

We are committed to lowering the barriers to access for events at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. For people who are hard of hearing or deaf, blind or low-vision, or whose physical limitations can interfere with a satisfying experience, let us know two weeks in advance so we can make appropriate arrangements.

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