The videos in this program invite the viewer to reconsider assumptions about regional and personal identity by offering a wide sampling of portraits: a group portrait, a street portrait, a family portrait, a self-portrait, a portrait of portraiture, and even a non-portrait. The diversity of these representations is as broad as the cultural and historical circumstances that have shaped the many cultures within Latin American and U.S. Latino/a communities. This particular group of videomakers has politicized their work by displaying these unique geographical characteristics and by forging links between self, history, and memory. The exploration and experimentations represented in Betraying Amnesia constitute a politically charged and significant contribution to what we know as video portraiture.
BETRAYING AMNESIA is a film and video program curated by Dara Greenwald and Elizabeth Miller.