1th DMZ Docs(2009)
I AM DOCU
Heddy Honigmann returns to her birthplace of Lima, Peru to reacquaint herself and us with a place and people dear to her heart. Peru is a country known for its state violence, economic crises, and political corruption. But it’s the people Honigmann wants us to know. She contrasts the work and home environments of people who are employed at Lima’s finest restaurants and hotels but who live in slums in the city's surrounding hillsides. Like great unassuming poets, the characters of this film look at history with a sense of humor and irony and give a twist to reality: in a little alley, a street vendor with an endearing smile sells toys - tiny buckets. Holding up the biggest of them, he yells in a loud voice: “Look at this giant one; buy it, it can hold up to 10 liters of water!” Which is ironic in a country where you can never be sure if there will be water when you turn on the tap. If you have a tap, that is. In typical Honigmann style, she extracts moving, intimate, and often amusing stories from her characters. These reminiscences are interwoven with scenes of contemporary political protest and archival footage. Oblivion introduces us to the everyday reality of Lima, celebrating a people who - albeit politically powerless - have resisted being consigned to oblivion.
Heddy Honigmann was born in 1951 in Lima, Peru, where she studied biology and literature at the University of Lima. She left Peru in 1973, traveled throughout Mexico, Israel, Spain and France, and later studied film at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. Since 1978 she has been a Dutch citizen and presently lives in Amsterdam.Honigmann's body of work has been honored with retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Cinema Arsenal in Berlin, the Madrid Film Museum, the Pacific Film Archive in San Francisco, and the Paris Film Festival, among many other venues. El olvido (2008) Forever (2006) Dame la mano (2004) Good Husband, Dear Son (2001) Hanna lacht (2000) Prive´ (2000) Crazy (1999)
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