Cine Campesino is a collective committed to bringing Latin American films to rural areas, where viewing films is limited to Hollywood action films in English with Spanish subtitles that audiences cannot read. The first project of the collective was to complement the work of the Un Mundo, the NGO that sponsored Cine Campesino, by developing a space for conflict resolution through the exhibition of films. Cine Campesino and Un Mundo organized the first traveling film festival in the region, hiring school buses to transport hundred of campesinos to the soccer field were we projected the films. Later that week, members of the collective led video production workshops with students teaching them how to produce their first films. This event was part of the collective's first documentary Cine Campesino (2002). Natures in Conflict (2004) the second documentary, questions the tourist’s gaze at the Honduran jungle, and shows how campesinos (rural subsistence farmers) have sometimes “destroyed” their environment to provide their families with the means of survival.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Production and screenplay: Tomas F. Crowder-Taraborrelli
Cine Campesino is a Travelling film festival that has done over 110 film festivals in rural Honduras. It was first organized in 2002, in a small town called El Pital. This documentary was made of that event. In 2003 Ronald Reinds made it possible that Cine Campesino became mobile.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fk6JWEbpjNs
The festival purpose was threefold:
1. A fundraiser to purchase a used bus to transport students at the local high school.
2. An exercise for the local villages in carrying out a cooperative community event.
3. A forum for public dialog about local problems and social issues.
An estimated 500 people attended the Cinema Campesino Film Festival under the stars each night.
The renowned Bethel High School Marching Band kicked off the event.
Local singers and dancers performed during the three nights of the festival.
Brisk sales of food and drink by local villagers were part of the fund-raising activities, and high school students also solicited donations from festival participants. Nearly all the equipment used to produce this first Film Festival were donated by sponsors, including the sound system, lights, rain shelters, camera and movie projection equipment.
Cartoon videos and movies shown in the local high school kept the youngsters entertained.
Each night, dolls and other toys were given to the village kids attending the festival.
Un Mundo plans to repeat the Cinema Campesino Film Festival throughout rural Honduras. Un Mundo is also working to establish a Cine Campesino Film and Video Institute on the north coast of Honduras, with objectives of imparting to youth throughout Honduras an understanding of filmmaking and the filmmaking industry, promoting social change through film, and fostering a national film industry. If you would like to become a founding contributor of the Cine Campesino Film and Video Institute, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The shown films came from Cuba, Argentina, and Honduras. The Last Supper depicted the inner turmoil of slaves asserting their independence at a Dominican Republic sugar plantation in the 19th century. The Hour of the Furnaces was a cold, hard examination of the causes and effects of underdevelopment in Latin America. Hurricane Mitch focused on the debilitating external debt exposed by this natural phenomena, while A Place in the World was a sweet story of the triumph and tribulations of a father and son, as the former overcomes resistance while starting a cooperative in his native village and the latter tries to teach his female companion how to read.
En el mundo entero, no sólo en Bolivia, hay una inquietud en la gente joven frente a los terribles desafíos que se nos van presentando a la humanidad entera. Entonces la idea de cambiar las estructuras de dominación capitalistas, que están acabando con el medio ambiente, con el planeta, hacen que se haga un cine documental que está teniendo una enorme importancia en el mundo.