Synopsis by Jason Buchanan
Nearly 30 years after his mysterious death, the story of a revolutionary Argentine filmmaker who strived to use celluloid as a tool of counter-information comes to the screen in directors Ernesto Ardito and Virna Molina's portrait of leftist underground cinema icon Raymundo Gleyzer. In using his lens to highlight Latin America's turbulent political and sociological situations in the early '60s, Gleyzer attempted to make cinema a powerful tool for the working class. The decade that followed found the increasingly social-minded filmmaker moving ever more into the underground as his films began to have a notable impact on the frustrated Latin American population. It was shortly after attempting to give the disenfranchised a voice in the realm of cinema by creating the group "Cine de la Base" in 1973 that Gleyzer was abducted and murdered by a corrupt and all-powerful dictatorship. Though Gleyzer himself may be gone, his powerful films and remarkable story continue to inspire filmmakers who would risk their lives to ensure that the voice of the people be heard no matter what the consequences.
Argentina, career-retrospective, cinema, dictator, filmmaker, kidnapping, liberation, murder, struggle, trailblazer