A Social Genocide

Fernando E. Solanas

Argentina, Switzerland, France, 2003.

Michael Moore

The effect of the commercial success of Michael Moore’s films is evident and good for the documentary community, and hurrah for the recognition he got in Cannes. But let’s not forget that another political filmmaker, Fernando Solanas, who from a cinematic point of view is perhaps a much more interesting artist, also got his award at the Berlin Film Festival for his lifetime achievement.

In 1967, Solanas made La Hora de las Hornas which was groundbreaking both in terms of content and style. Now, almost forty years later, he is back with a big personal epos on his beloved country, Argentina, from which he was exiled from the mid ’70s to the mid ’80s. It doesn’t have the same young man’s wildness that La Hora de las Hornas did. Instead it is a mature man’s analytical look at his own country. A man who also takes the personal consequences of his commitment and was a member of parliament for some years after his return from exile.

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