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CiNEOLA Presents


Bocamina


Bolivia
Miguel Hilari






Synopsis

Potosí, a colonial mining town in Bolivia. At the pithole, faces of the workers leaving the mine. These faces, turned into still images, are looked at by children. Images of other times?



Director's Statement

Potosí is a city with a heavy history. This weight gets somehow visible when walking through the old city center or the mining districts. Through a short film by Harun Farocki, I got to know the painting “Descripción del Cerro Rico e Imperial Villa de Potosí” by Miguel Gaspar de Berrío from 1758. It is a kind of map, an attempt to describe a territory. I wondered about how old images influence the way we think about a place. I wanted to describe a place, and I wanted to film people reacting to images.





Credits

director MIGUEL HILARI direct sound MARCELO GUZMÁN editors MIGUEL HILARI & PABLO PANIAGUA production CASA NACIONAL DE MONEDA with the participation of WORKERS FROM THE PAILAVIRI & JUSTICIA MINES, STUDENTS OF LAS UNIDAS EDUCATIVAS GUALBERTO VILLARROEL, JAIME MENDOZA & LUIS ESPINAL CAMPS