The special sessions aim to expand the documentary concept beyond film screenings. One-off performances, exhibitions and shows which bring the image, the word and live music together.
Oskar Alegria, Spain, 2019, 122'
The filmmaker built a cabin on an isolated bank of the Arga river in Navarra, just opposite his childhood island, which had disappeared under the water after the construction of a dam. Only the trees of the island where he’d played stood firm in the middle of the water, like the masts of a broken toy. Zumiriki —word that in Basque used to mean island in the middle of the river— is a diary of a castaway in memories; four months of a Walden experience in a lost paradise with two hens, a small vegetable garden and a clock that stopped forever at 11 and 36 minutes and 23 seconds. A refuge that is much like a dark chamber which registers images and words before they disappear. Also registered, in another time and place, is a collection of the last nights of the shepherds that dwell, in solitary, in the huts of the Basque Pyrenees.
TO BE HERE AND THERE AT THE SAME TIME
Projection with voice and live sound performance. Two voices that intertwine, singing and storytelling. We will travel to South Africa, Russia, Cuba, Qatar, Mexico, Spain and the neighborhood around the corner, based on "images I have seen and filmed, which remind me of other images, which I have never seen or filmed." A session that will begin by reminding us that cinema always allows us to live in two moments and in two different spaces at the same time, and that will end in a celebration of Pamplona as a space for poetic inspiration.
Barbara Hammer has helped, over eighty films, to write the history of feminist cinema. With her sensual exploration of lesbian identity, she confronted the dominant narrative and proposed new ways of telling about sexuality and the body. The writer and activist So Mayer describes her as an experimental pioneer who put lesbian life on screen. “Hammer defined lesbian cinema almost single-handed, with the double strength of her formal experimentation and her political commitment. Her generosity of spirit, intellect and embodiment lives on in the films she made that changed the landscape not only of cinema, but of our queer lives and histories.” One year after her death, Punto de Vista pays tribute, with a special session, to this essential artist.