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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Friday, March 28, 2014
Blog posting by Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies and Production '16, FLEFF Blogger, Cherry Hill, NJ
Ernesto Livon-Grosman is not your average documentarian.
Livon-Grosman will be attending the 17th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival in support of his new film Brascó, as well as another of his films, Cartoneros. Brascó, which was released in late 2013, provides a picture of 50 years of Argentine political and cultural life, framed around the biography of Miguel Brascó, a prominent public intellectual. Cartoneros, released in 2006 is a documentary about people who pick trash and recyclables (cartoneros translates to "waste pickers" in Spanish) in Buenos Aires as a means of income.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, it's clear that Livon-Grosman's nationality heavily influences his work as a professional.
As an associate professor of Hispanic Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Boston College, he has built his intellectual career around writing and making films about the social and political conditions and issues surrounding Argentina and other Latin American countries. Living and teaching in the United States as a native Argentine has given Livon-Grosman a unique multicultural perspective.
"There’s always the temptation, when looking at another country, to simplify things to get a grasp of what you are looking at," he notes "but in that attempt to simplify we tend to leave details out and fail to grasp certain concepts and cultures."
Livon-Grosman has been capturing the details of Argentine culture in both poetry and film: he notes that both forms of expression could raise similar poetic issues. "I hope that, in any of my work, people see the complexity and the richness of Argentine culture. I hope to create a narrative, of many possible ones, of the cultural history of the country. "
Both Brascó and Cartoneros provide an authentic look at Argentine politics through the ethnographic lens of documentary filmmaking. Ernesto Livon-Grosman will be accompanying all screenings of Brascó at Cinemapolis next weekend and sharing his thoughts on political filmmaking.
Don't miss the following screenings (in chronological order):