Dialogues with Che: Appropriations of a Revolutionary Figure
(Various Artists, 1968-1997, Various Countries, digital and 16mm, 96 min total)
Images of Ernesto “Che” Guevara are the most contested and reproduced in Latin America, and this program explores ways this iconic figure has been represented in experimental films. Dialogue with Che, by legendary queer Nuyorican artist José Rodriguez Soltero, parodies Hollywood portrayals of the revolutionary hero. Photographic representations of Che are the subject of both Pedro Chaskel’s A Photograph Travels the World, which analyzes an iconic still taken by Alberto Korda at a political rally in 1960, and Leandro Katz’s El día que me quieras, which retraces the story behind the last photographs of Che Guevara as he lay dead, surrounded by his captors, taken by Freddy Alborta in 1967.
Una foto recorre el mundo (A Photograph Travels the World)
(Pedro Chaskel, 1981, Cuba, digital, 13 min)
Diálogo con el Che (Dialogue with Che)
(José Rodriguez Soltero, 1968, USA, double system 16mm, 53 min)
El día que me quieras (The Day You’ll Love Me)
(Leandro Katz, 1997, Argentina, digital, 30 min)
About the Ism, Ism, Ism Series:
Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine experimental en América Latina) was organized by Los Angeles Filmforum as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Ism, Ism, Ism surveys Latin America’s vibrant experimental production from the 1930s through today. www.ismismism.org
Ism, Ism, Ism is accompanied by a bilingual publication, Ism, Ism, Ism / Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Jesse Lerner and Luciano Piazza, editors, University of California Press, 2017) placing Latino and Latin American experimental cinema within a broader dialogue that explores different periods, cultural contexts, image-making models, and considerations of these filmmakers within international cinema. Available worldwide, https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520296084.
Lead support for Ism, Ism, Ism is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation. Significant additional support comes from the The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.
Ism, Ism, Ism
Thursday, October 3, 7 PM