The screening tonight, La Hora de los Hornos, was one of the most poignant screenings we’ve seen in class, in my opinion. It was not only a call for action and revolution among the oppressed indigenous people of Argentina in the 1960s, it also seemed to be a re-writing of history. We often talk about history being written by the victors, and this film was a new education — history written by the oppressed. Along this same notion, the Solanos and Getino manifesto titled “Toward A Third Cinema” reminded us that culture is shaped and therefore able to be reshaped. By revealing a new history, the possibility for change becomes evident.

In a sociology of violence course I took at Pomona a couple years ago, we would often talk about the violence that ensues whens extreme poverty lives next to extreme wealth. We would always talk about LA as the ultimate example of this, though I think this film does an incredible job at illustrating this same point in Argentina. Images of the utmost wealthy alongside images of sad faces living in unsanitary conditions undeniably fires a rage. I think the film did an incredible job with the task at hand: revealing the truth in order to made change.

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  1. cassidy says:

    Oo it’s interesting to imagine how this film would look in an LA setting instead of Argentinian! Or even just in modern times and not the 1960s. I wonder how to find modern films like this that deal with neocolonialism and specifically its effects in the US or LA.

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