‘Hasta la Semana que Viene’, a participatory film to reflect on rural life and social change

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by Ana Zanotti

(shared from the ComDev forum with Ana’s permission)

Back in 2010, I gladly heard from the Argentine Film Institute that the proposal I submitted to produce a documentary tentatively called ‘Hasta la Semana que Viene’ (‘See You Next Week’) was among the projects selected for funding and later on broadcasting throughout the nationwide public TV network.

Both as a documentary filmmaker and a social anthropologist I am deeply concerned with cross-cultural issues, living and working in one of those spaces: the province of Misiones, Northeast Argentina, borderland with Paraguay and Brazil.

During almost three years we have been ‘framing’ life circumstances of many rural families in their struggle to overcome the dramatic transformations brought about by decades of neoliberal policies in Argentina.

The Free Fairs System (Ferias Francas) in borderland Misiones is a revealing grassroots experience of local markets started back in 1995, by a handful of countryside families unwilling to give up their livelihood, then at social risk.

The documentary has a gender perspective and a definite participatory approach. And my special intention here is to share some short audiovisual excerpts from the documentary in order to reflect on the potential value of film in terms of encouraging and communicating social change.

The trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHo4jyoNP38

Description from the YouTube page,

“This is the story of a group of courageous women facing up to the challenge of surviving in an adverse socioeconomic context that leaves out their everyday life strategies. Each week, Hildegardes, Mary, Lorena, Zulema, Lisandra, and many thousands more, set up the Misiones Free Fairs. As they offer their goods, they weave their will to craft a more livable society together.”

Malmo University ComDev discussion about the project:

Malmo University #ComDev15 presentation of a few video stories (1:13-26:24):

direction and production ANA ZANOTTI
narrative structure GRACIELA MAGLIE – MIRIAN FERNANDEZ – ANA ZANOTTI
training assistance CELESTE GHIONE
photography and camera DANIEL RODAS
direct sound HUGO DARTOIS – LARA SCHWIETERS
writing and editing ANA ZANOTTI
art design FITO MARTENIUK
general assistance LARA SCHWIETERS
original music CARLOS ‘NEGRO’ AGUIRRE

View more of Ana’s work

About Jenn

Jenn provides photography, communications and Communication for Development services for a range of humanitarian and development clients, and leads photography and communications workshops for youth and professionals. These days, she spends much of her time with the Sport for Development organisation, Grassroot Soccer.
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