Jaar, Lament of the Images
by Paula Rodriguez Sickert, Cile 2017, 77'
SCREENPLAY: Paula Rodriguez   SOUND MIXING: Roberto Espinoza
PHOTOGRAPHY: John Marquez, Enrique Stind   PRODUCER: Paola Castillo
EDITING: Titi Viera Gallo   LANGUAGE: Spanish

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film
Presented at Lo schermo dell'arte Film Festival 2018

 Alfredo Jaar, who presented his film Le Ceneri di Pasolini at Lo schermo dell’Arte in 2009, returns as the protagonist and narrating voice in this beautiful film by director Paula Rodriguez. The  documentary uses archival materials and footage from the Chilean artist's studio and home, and spans over 40 years of his career. He talks about the modalities of his work, focusing on some of his best-known projects. These include: This is Not America (1987) in which he used the LED advertising strip in Times Square in New York to spread a political message; Rwanda Project (1994-2000) documents the horrors of one of the 20th century’s bloodiest genocides, largely ignored by Western media.
His work forces the public to take a new and more conscious look at some of the most dramatic and complex situations on the planet. Deployed in the fight against Western society’s indifference, his projects, in which political commitment, anthropological considerations and aesthetic sense are closely linked, have made him one of the most influential artists of the contemporary scene. For him, art is an effective and necessary means to defend free information and expression in a world in which fundamental human rights are too often inhibited and censored.
The film score is curated by Alfredo's son Nicolàs composre, dj and eletronic music producer 

Paula Rodrìguez Sickert 
Born in Santiago, Cile, in 1963. She studied Architecture at the HdK and then Film Direction at the DffB, in Berlin. She started her professional career as a documentary film director and television journalist. She has received prizes at prestigious International film festivals. In 2010 she founded her own production company, VISIONA Film Production. She is also developing audiovisual environmental wokshops proposed by Ecovision,to promote awareness of young people in Chile’s environmental problems.

Selected Filmography
Muertes Anunciadas
2013 It's Only the Beginning 2008 Isabel Allende 2003 Pinochet's Children

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