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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



Primera

Vee BRAVO

  • US, Chile
  • 2021
  • 96min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

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Synopsis

Over the course of a year, PRIMERA chronicles the social uprising that evolved into a nation-wide movement, beginning with the student takeover of Santiago’s metro system and ending with the historic plebiscite that paved the way for the writing of a new constitution. The film offers an immersive look at the year-long process through the experiences of everyday Chileans who were affected by the violent police repression at the start of the social uprising.

Review

The massive protests in Chile on October 18, 2019 marked the beginning of a civil struggle that led to a referendum and the formation of a Constituent Assembly on October 25, 2020, which resulted in about 80% of the votes in favor of the constitutional amendment. The reason for the protest was opposition to the government's plan to increase subway fares, but the repercussions it caused are due to long-standing accumulation of inequality and corruption. In fact, “30 pesos was 30 years of oppression.” Those who are at the forefront of the street protest and are on the “first line of defense of Chile,” which is also the subtitle of the film, say that they demand a future, dignity, and a better “society”. The demand becomes clearer when the streets stop. As they lose the streets due to the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, the street strike becomes a supply strike, distributing food and disinfecting places that the national system cannot reach. Chilean citizens’ strike went from “being” on the streets to “making” the streets, and the streets went on to enact a constitution. A referendum on the final draft of the new constitution by the Constituent Assembly will be held on September 4, 2022. Whatever the outcome, it will result in another street for pursuit and strike.

Director

  • Vee BRAVO

    Vee Bravo is a New York native by way of Chile who has documented hip hop, Latinx culture and politics for the past 25 years. He co-produced the PBS documentary Estilo Hiphop(2009). From 2011-2018, Bravo served as Vice President Education at Tribeca Film Institute. ​

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