Compañero: The Radical Life and Films of Raymundo Gleyzer

Between 1963 and 1974, Argentinian insurgent filmmaker Raymundo Gleyzer made over a dozen documentaries and one narrative featre film, each one a powerful commentary on Latin American political and social realities. With his organization “Cine de la Base,” Gleyzer made and distributed films in pursuit of revolutionary change—until he was kidnapped in 1976 by Argentina’s military dictatorship and disappeared. Over two nights, the Block will screen the director’s most radical and enduring films, joined by Juana Sapire, Gleyzer’s collaborator and biographer.

This event is part of a touring retrospective of Raymundo Gleyzer's films, organized by film critic and programmer Steve Macfarlane. 

Co-presented with the Northwestern department of Spanish and Portuguese

Thursday, October 4, 2018 7:00 PM FREE

Mexico: The Frozen Revolution (Raymundo Gleyzer, 1973, Argentina/USA, 65 min.)

Raymundo (Ernesto Ardito and Virna Molina, 2003, Argentina, 52 min.)

One of Gleyzer’s major works, Mexico: The Frozen Revolution also represents a high point of Latin American political cinema, offering both an ingeniously-told history of the Mexican Revolution and a scathing indictment of the political corruption and bureaucracy that betrayed its ideals. Ardito and Molina’s 2003 documentary profiles Gleyzer’s life and legacy through rare footage and interviews with collaborators and comrades.

Friday, October 5, 2018 7:00 PM FREE

The Traitors (Raymundo Gleyzer, 1973, Argentina, 113 min.)

Me matan si no trabajo y si trabajo me matan: La huelga obrera en la fábrica INSUD (Raymundo Gleyzer, 1974, Argentina, 21 min.)

Raymundo Gleyzer’s only narrative feature, Los Traidores (The Traitors) follows a union organizer as he falls prey to the corrupting influence of industrialists and Perónist government stooges. An innovative combination of fiction and documentary, The Traitors was perhaps too close to reality: the film is often cited as a catalyst for Gleyzer’s later abduction by the military regime. Shown with one of his final documentaries, an ironic yet forceful chronicle of a labor strike in a metallurgical factory.