• Manuel DeLanda: Ismism
  • Narcisa Hirsch: Marabunta

Streaming: Countercultures and Undergrounds

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Livestream Conversation
Jesse Lerner, Alfredo Gurrola, Rolando Peña
Wednesday, September 9, 7 PM PDT

Join us for a live conversation with Jesse Lerner, a documentary filmmaker, curator, and writer and the coeditor of Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America, and filmmakers Alfredo Gurrola and Rolando Peña. Access is included with rental of the streaming film program; you will receive an access link via email prior to the event.

Some of the filmmakers on this program explicitly embrace counterculture movements’ radical political goals while others’ ideological concerns are implicit, but all of the films are unified by their allegiance to a range of underground, youth, or countercultural phenomena. Several of the films document performances, ephemeral actions, or interventions in public space. Narcisa Hirsch’s Marabunta involves the interaction of a film audience after seeing Antonioni’s Blow-Up. Enrique Pineda Barnet’s Juventud, rebeldía, revolución offers documentation of a performance by an international collective led by Cuba’s Grupo de Teatro Experimental. Manuel DeLanda’s Ismism captures the filmmaker’s interventions on Manhattan billboards. Sérgio Péo’s Esplendor do martírio visualizes a group of intellectuals occupying and disrupting urban space, later to be removed by the Brazilian military. Rolando Peña, an iconic figure of Venezuela’s avant-garde, produces an impossible dialogue in Cotorra 2, echoing the complex relationship between intellectual debates and the noise of “progress.” Alfredo Gurrola’s Super-8 trip, based on a poem by Tomás Segovia, points to preoccupations of a radical, alternative culture.

—Los Angeles Filmforum

Films in this Screening

Juventud, rebeldía, revolución

Enrique Pineda Barnet, Cuba, 1969

FILM DETAILS 
Language
  • Spanish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm transferred to digital
  • 30 mins

Ismism

Manuel DeLanda, Mexico/US, 1979

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • Super 8 transfered to digital
  • Silent
  • 6 mins

Marabunta

Narcisa Hirsch, Argentina, 1967

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 16mm transferred to digital
  • 8 mins

Esplendor do martírio

Sérgio Péo, Brazil, 1974

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • Super 8 transfered to digital
  • 10 mins

Cotorra 2

Rolando Peña, Venezuela, 1976

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • Super 8 transfered to digital
  • 10 mins

Segunda primera matriz

Alfredo Gurrola, Mexico, 1972

FILM DETAILS 
Based On
  • a poem by Tomás Segovia

Language
  • Spanish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • Super 8 transfered to digital
  • 13 mins