[Sfbay-video] Invitation: Against the Grain: An Artist's Survival Guide to Peru @ MCCLA August 7, 2009
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Against the Grain: An Artist's Survival Guide to Peru
A Documentary Film by Ann Kaneko
Winner "Best of the VideoFest" VideoFest 2008
Screening and Q&A: Friday, August 7, 2009 7pm $7
Ann Kaneko won the first prize, "Best of the VideoFest" last year at
VideoFest Existence-Co-Existence 2008 for her documentary Against the Grain:
An Artist's Survival Guide to Peru.
This year, VideoFest has invited her to be one of the jurors for VideoFest
Labor and Dreams 2009.
We are delighted to screen her documentary one more time as we get ready for
this years festival.
Ann Kaneko will be present for a Q&A after the screening.
In 1989, Alfredo Márquez used an image of Mao in an artwork. He was
sentenced to 20 years in prison. For every artist, the need to create and be
heard is as basic as food and shelter. But what happens when you live in a
country where the state clamps down on free thinkers, forcing artists to
Four Peruvian visual artists, including Marquez, defy this tyranny through
their work and ignite change, challenging ordinary people to speak out.
These struggles and commitments raise the question: Is freedom of expression
a right or a privilege?
Spanning two decades of corrupt governments and inept leaders, this film
tells the story of four inspiring artists: Claudio Jiménez Quispe flees his
home in Ayacucho because of insurgency with the Shining Path, a Maoist rebel
group. He chronicles this violence in his retablos, traditional wooden
display boxes. Alfredo Márquez, active in the 1980s underground punk scene,
produces bold, political images despite four years of unjust imprisonment.
With the downfall of former president Alberto Fujimori, critics targeted
Japanese Peruvians like Eduardo Tokeshi, yet he reaffirms his identity
through a series of red and white Peruvian flags. Natalia Iguíñiz provokes
the Catholic Church and the socially conservative middle class with
controversial images that challenge gender and class. Each artist teaches us
what it means to persevere and make art in a country like Perú.
Highlighting amazing contemporary Peruvian artwork, this film combines
gritty Super 8 with raw verité footage. It also features music by iconic
Peruvian bands, Leusemia and Uchpa, and Los Angeles indie rockers, Pilar
Díaz and David Green, of los abandoned.
On the Film
"fast moving, riveting...maintains its sense of urgency from start to
-- Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly
"Against the Grain lets artists in their own words and images create light
where there was only the gray of deceit and corruption before."
--Russell C. Leong, UCLA Amerasia Journal
DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
Winner!! Best Documentary
Asian American Int'l Film Festival
Winner!! Best Emerging Documentary Director
MCCLA VideoFest Existence-Co-Existence 2008
Winner!! First Place - Best of the VideoFest
San Francisco Latino Film Festival
San Diego Asian Film Festival
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Cine Las Americas Int'l Film Festival
New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
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Muni: 14, 14L, 48, 49 & 67 and is wheelchair accessible
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and develop the Latino cultural arts that reflect the living tradition and
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