Betraying Amnesia: Latin America Video Portraiture


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Betraying Amnesia: Latin America Video Portraiture

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.

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You Are What You Are Born For features three blind sisters who sing for their survival on the streets of Campina Grande, Brazil. By providing personal testimony about the intimate details of their…

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Tags: Documentary, History

Veronica Majano

Calle Chula

1998 | 00:11:52

Veronica Majano depicts the character of a street in the Mission District of San Francisco. This street is personified as a fifteen year old Salvadoran/Ohlone girl on a search to understand the…

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Tags: Latino/Chicano, Post-colonialism

Alex Rivera


1997 | 00:26:45

An experimental video about immigration. Looking at the potato (which was first cultivated in Peru) Papapapá paints a picture of a vegetable that has traveled and been transformed—following the…

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Tags: Family, Holiday, Post-colonialism

Magaly Ponce

Magnetic Balance

1998 | 00:07:12

Incorporating appropriated television footage as artistic experimentation and social critique, Chilean artist Magaly Ponce retells a history of violence and repression from her point of view.…

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Tags: Post-colonialism

This dreamlike, poetic video provokes the viewer to question the nature of the most human of experiences. The collage aesthetic exposes how human relationships—between men and women, men and men,…

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Tags: Latino/Chicano

Carlos Nader

Carlos Nader

1998 | 00:16:35

The question, “Who am I?” has been asked over the centuries in many different ways. Videomaker Carlos Nader adds another approach in his investigation into the nature of the individual by taking the…

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Tags: Autobiography, Diary