Sorrows of the Struggle
(Tristezas de la lucha)
Natalia Brizuela, Guest Curator, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Berkeley
A trilogy of short films that explores life in Paraguay during and after the military dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner. Familiar and Arrival were both made using audio recordings and documents found by Encina in the Archives of Terror—the archive amassed by the dictatorship’s police, documenting their own human rights violations from 1954 to 1989. Sorrows (Tristezas) the only fictional short in the trilogy, is based on a Paraguayan short story by Rafael Barrett, in which a political prisoner under house arrest feels compassion for the soldier guarding his imprisonment.
A Wind from the South
Paz Encina, Paraguay, 2012
Set in the 1970s, during Paraguay’s worst decade of political persecution. Brothers Domingo and Justino wait for the best moment to flee their country.