Voices of El Alto & Going Up The Stairs 28 July 2016 Promo 1:00 min
Voices of El Alto | Benjamin Oroza | Bolivia | 2013 | 49 min
A tent is pitched on the market square of El Alto, the Bolivian city perched 4,000 metres above sea level. The lmmakers ask random passersby to tell a personal story for the camera. The lm opens with a young girl half giggling, half crying as she describes a very unpleasant experience. It seems that the impersonal camera has become the rst con dant she has had for a long time. It’s a confronting rst scene, but at its core it’s representative of what is to follow.
* IDFA, 2013
Going Up The Stairs | Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami | Iran | 2011 | 52 min
Akram is an illiterate 50 year old Iranian woman who became a painter unexpectedly when her young grandson asked her to work on a drawing; that simple act tapped into an explosion of powerful, primitive and colourful paintings, which she hid under the carpet from possibly disapproving eyes. She nally tells her Western educated children about her work and they arrange for her to have an exhibition in far-off Paris. The only hitch in this plan is that Akram must obtain permission from her husband – who she married when she was 8 and he was in his 30s – in order to attend.
* Best Documentary Award – Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival, USA 2013