Reframing transitions and contesting memories: the archive and the archival object in Peruvian cinema

Barrow, Sarah (2016) Reframing transitions and contesting memories: the archive and the archival object in Peruvian cinema. New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 13 (1). pp. 23-36. ISSN 1474-2756

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This essay considers the stories behind the production and screening of two very different Peruvian films that both reveal much about the way the archive, the archival object and archival fragment have worked to disrupt and force a reconsideration of key moments in Peruvian political history of the twentieth century. One, a feature film by Francisco Lombardi, Ojos que no ven/Eyes that don’t see (2003), provides a provocative perspective on the impact of the televisual revelations of the corruption at the heart of President Fujimori’s government (1990-2000). The second, a documentary made by Kurt Herrmann at the behest of the military, Alerta en la Frontera/Border Alert (1941), offers a patriotic recording of the border campaign against Ecuador which was banned at the time and had its first public screening seventy years later. The analysis suggests that the delay in viewing events of such national importance forces not only a reconsideration of those events and their disruptive effect on a collective, official sense of national history and identity, but also a questioning of the way that contemporary political figures and events might be considered. This article also takes account of the key role of Peru’s national film archive in shaping the nature of national heritage, culture and memory.

Keywords:Peru, Archives, Peruvian cinema, Francisco Lombardi, Ojos que no ven, Alerta en la Frontera, national identity, NotOAChecked
Subjects:R European Languages, Literature and related subjects > R411 Spanish Languages in other countries
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Film)
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Deposited On:03 Jun 2016 14:41

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