is a documentary film about the life and work of Raymundo
Gleyzer, Argentine filmmaker, kidnapped and murdered
by that country's military dictatorship in 1976.
Convinced that the cinema is a weapon of counter-information,
an instrument for the working class, Raymundo documented
the political and sociological situation in Latin America
His first films were ethnographic, but always pointing at
the social issues. Journalist, photographer, cameraman,
his cinema became a strong political and social denounce.
Raymundo was a revolutionary, so most of these films
were produced in the underground.
In 1973 he creates the group "Cine de la Base"
to bring the cinema to the people, protagonists of his films:
the workers, the indigenous people, the peasants, all the
dispossess in the world.
The movie shows the chronological development of his filmography.
The personal and contextual circumstances during the creation
of the films. The obstacles and difficulties in the
process. The impact each one of the films had, and
the distribution under the most adverse political conditions.
Intertwined with Raymundo's life, the film narrates
the beginning, the development and the persecution of the
Latin American revolutionary cinema.
Through Raymundo's films and his ideas, the documentary
describes the political liberation movements in Latin America
during the 60' and 70', and the ruling power continuous
violations of human rights.
The films and ideology Raymundo expresses will help us to
understand through historical revisionism, the roots of
our present problems.
Raymundo's personality, his compromise, his honesty, all
elements that forged his film technique: a camera that doesn't
"steal image", but gets inside the conflict
itself, becoming another protagonist.
Finally, the movie relates his "disappearance",
the beginning of the end for a generation of independent
filmmakers trying to develop a cinema with a Latin American
identity. These Argentine filmmakers, like so many others,
became exiles and live all over the world.
To save Raymundo's films from destruction, his friends
took some out of the country. His widow, Juana Sapire,
kept many negatives, prints, letters, pictures and written
materials in New York.
Today, after almost thirty years, we could finally reunite
all the material, restored it and show it to new generations.
This documentary will bring back what the CIA and the Latin
American dictatorships couldn't destroy: the memory, the
ideals and the courage to tell the truth.
"RAYMUNDO" IN FACEBOOK