Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dokumentin ytimessä 59: Angelina Vásquèz – ihmiskohtaloita Chilessä ja Argentiinassa / [In the Core of the Documentary 59: Angelina Vásquèz: Destinies in Chile and Argentine]

I dokumentärens kärna 59: Människoöden i Argentina och Chile. Presented by Ilkka Kippola, programme compiled by Ilkka Kippola and Jari Sedergren. Cinema Orion, Helsinki, 26 Oct 2011.

Angelina Vásquèz is a Chilean film director who was imprisoned by the military administration in 1973. Acquainted with the Finns Mikael Wahlforss and Kai Salminen of the Epidem film company, Vásquèz decided to come to exile into Finland for almost ten years. Epidem had a profile of strong female directors such as Honkasalo, Cederström, and Luostarinen. Here Vásquèz directed four documentary films, often studying the theme of exile, confronting Catholic, Lutheran, and Marxist views of the human condition.

Anita Mikkonen, a close collaborator of Vásquèz's, was present in the screening, and she told of her experiences with Vásquèz, who chose to learn to speak Swedish in Finland. Vásquèz carried a Spanish passport, and thanks to it, she was able to travel to Chile during her exile, together with her sons, and Mikkonen. But the Chilean authorities found out about Vásquèz, and even her Spanish passport was stamped with a deportation label.

Of Vásquèz's Finnish debut film, Gracias a la vida - elämälle kiitos (1980), no print was to be found by this screening.

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