Raymundo Gleyzer

  • Raymundo Gleyzer & Jorge Preloran – Ocurrido en Hualfín AKA It Happened in Hualfin (1965)

    1961-1970ArgentinaDocumentaryEthnographic CinemaJorge PreloranRaymundo Gleyzer

    This three-part documentary on Indian peasant life in the Catamarca region of Argentina is an emotionally moving examination of the generational cycle of poverty in underdeveloped countries. Beautifully told through the eyes and voices of the people, this story of one family becomes the story of all the inhabitants of the valley of Hualfin. In Part I, Temistocles Figueroa, an 84-year-old former cane-cutter, recounts his life in the cane fields through words and song. Part 2 focuses on Justina, his sister-in-law, who is a potter. Her narrative on poverty and pottery mingles with questions, such as, “I’ve heard that in other places women don’t work. How can that be,” she says, “I don’t believe it.” Part 3 profiles Antonia, Justina’s daughter, and her own daughter, Elinda. Antonia toils day and night weaving blankets for sale or barter at the general store. Elinda is her mother’s hope because perhaps her daughter can become a school teacher and break out of the cycle of poverty, but it soon becomes clear that the little girl, too, is trapped, and the cycle will go on.Read More »

  • Raymundo Gleyzer – La tierra quema AKA The Land Burns (1964)

    Raymundo Gleyzer1961-1970ArgentinaDocumentaryShort Film

    Synopsis: In the northeast region of Brazil, the concentration of land and the droughts victimize a peasant family, which leaves once again in search of a place to survive.Read More »

  • Raymundo Gleyzer – Los traidores AKA The Traitors (1973)

    1971-1980ArgentinaDramaPoliticsRaymundo Gleyzer

    This film by the Marxist collective Cine de la Base urges Argentine workers to rise up and take control of the country, echoing the rubric: “Workers of the world, unite! You have only your chains to lose.” One premise of this complex political film is that the American CIA worked with Juan Peron to corrupt the Argentine trade-union movement. A unionist known only as Barrera, (who in reality was assassinated in 1969) is here shown accepting bribes from American-owned companies and otherwise undermining the legitimate activities of his union. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie GuideRead More »

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