Buenos Aires Human Rights Film Festival 2010

by Tracey Chandler, Contributing Blogger

Check out this short clip from the Human Rights Festival about massive rape of women in Kenya (it’s in English):

Buenos Aires really is a great place for film and more than that, there’s always a way to be able to see a film in the capital on the cheap or even for free. At present, the Buenos Aires Human Rights Film Festival is making its mark in the city at a number of different venues including the INCAA Gaumont space at Congreso and the Alianza Francesa space on Córdoba, fairly close to 9 de Julio. Most of the venues show a number of films every day for free, but even on the rare occasion that an entrance fee is asked for, the price is generally fairly low, in the region of AR$6.

The festival covers a broad range of human rights issues and lasts for an entire week, jam-packed with showings during the day and in the evenings. It covers both shorts and full length feature films on the subject and presents films from all over the world, including El Salvador, Holland, France and Kenya, to offer as simple examples. The variety on offer is invitingly broad and films range from five minutes to nearly two hours in length.

One particular Spanish produced presentation, “Viejas Costumbres,” directed by Francisco Guaita, deals with the physical abuse of women from El Salvador in domestic situations and explains how in general women still earn at least 30% less when working in comparison to men. It also documents how these women are unable to study because they are generally living alone, having separated from the father of their children, and are now the main breadwinners of the family. At 20 minutes, it provides an interesting introduction into the way in which many people are forced to live in poverty stricken El Salvador.

A second showing, entitled “Umoja, Le Village Interdit Aux Hommes,” directed by J. Crousillac and J. M. Sainclair, is a French made short about a group of Kenyan females who live alone in the African village, Umoja, where men are not allowed, hence the title. The women want to leave behind their abusive and violent relationships with their husbands and begin new lives where they earn their own money, have their own property and livestock and live a life without fear. It is a fascinating story with some beautiful moments where young children are innocently captured in play. The video above is a five minute upload of Umoja, the African village in question, just to give you an idea of location in which the film was set, and what the women face.


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