ARAYA (1959) on 35mm: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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ARAYA (1959) on 35mm

Women working in front of salt pyramids
ARAYA (1959)
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Fri January 27, 2023
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public



(Margot Benacerraf, 1959, 90 min, 35 mm)


A landmark of Latin American cinema, ARAYA (1959) is Margot Benacerraf’s brilliant nonfiction tone-poem of the life and work of the traditional salineros (salt workers) of the Araya peninsula, a region off the northeast coast of Venezuela known for its natural salt marshes. ARAYA lyricizes the daily toil and timeless gestures of a community whose workers follow traditional methods deeply interconnected with an environment of endless sea and blazing sun. The two-person crew of Benacerraf and cameraman Giuseppe Nisoli captured this visually enthralling portrait of the rhythms of daily life just before introduction of industrial machinery transformed a practice of land subsistence that had stayed the same for nearly 500 years.

Credited as a predecessor to feminist cinema in South America and the launch of New Latin Cinema, ARAYA is a hybrid nonfiction classic of lasting importance and spectacular beauty. Presented as a 35 mm print courtesy of Milestone Films.

In Spanish with English subtitles.

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