Documentary “Northern rhythms, fun behind the camera”

Documentary “Northern rhythms, fun behind the camera”

  • Lord Cochrane Municipal Theatre, Independencia 455, Valdivia.
  • Sunday 4th December – 4pm
  • Free.

“Rhythms of the North, fun behind the camera” and “Norte Flow” are two documentaries made by children and young people (NNJ) who participated in the 2022 cycle of the Neighborhood Documentary School, a community audiovisual training project, which addresses the documentary language from an approach of exploration of the territory and investigation of personal and community identity.

The project was carried out at the Community Family Health Center (CECOF) of the Norte Grande population in the city of Valdivia, between March and September. In this period, the workshops: Girls and dissidents to the camera -of documentary language with a gender perspective dictated by Carolina Moscoso- and Cinema + Urban Music -of a mixed nature dictated by Javiera Luna-, and led by Mariana Carrasco, started a creative work that includes the exploration of the territory, the learning of the audiovisual language and finally the shooting of the films.

Mariana Carrasco, audiovisual producer who directs the project, explains that “through the continuous exercise of the point of view and critical appreciation, both of the territory and of the audiovisual works, the development of the communicative, expressive and creative skills of those who participate” .

“Our proposal is to bring audiovisual language closer to groups of children and adolescents with reduced access to these trainings, especially since the perception of a large part of NNJs who live in vulnerable social strata is that the images and stories that portray them are usually stigmatizing, built from the outside and not by those who belong to the territory”, he adds.

To achieve the result, the process was divided into three phases: during the first, the groups explored the place where they live through a participatory mapping exercise. Together with the collaboration of the Textile Brigade project, by the Buenos Aires artist Ana Karina Pizarro, the population has been intuitively documented with drawings, photographs, texts and video recordings. The result was a mural with the map of Norte Grande.

The second phase, oriented towards audiovisual language, worked on understanding the moving image, its expressiveness and techniques, role-playing and the construction of narratives.

In the third and final phase, consisting of the shooting, the Niñas y disidencias a la cámara laboratory experimented with analogue recording in super 8 format and the subsequent home development of the films; this work was developed in collaboration with director Camila José Donoso, and had a subsequent screening of the material, called “Cine Expandido”. The Cine + Música Urbana laboratory concluded its process with the creation of a musical documentary, in which they mix music, texts and audiovisual recordings, together with the collaboration of local artists such as Maximiliano Carrasco and producer Carlos Zúñiga.

From the educational and participatory dimension that audiovisual language has, “these works, created and exhibited by and for their own community, cultivate in girls, boys and young people a new perspective regarding the criteria of audiovisual consumption”, reflects Mariana, adding that “At the same time, a space is also opening up for the point of view of the younger generations, allowing the development of concrete actions within their territory in audiovisual production, as constructive subjects, capable of offering new realities and social scenarios”.



South of the world is La Norte Grande and it has its own pulse. Companies, orchards, dogs, houses and camps, walls with works of art, football, a few dangerous nights, and a group of girls who decide to film the old-fashioned way, with a super 8 camera, how they have fun to the rhythm of the place in which they live. .



This musical documentary is the flow of the North, because boys and girls go around without passports recording their corners, together with their neighbors, paying attention to express their likes and dislikes, creating texts about what it is to live in their population, realizing music and a video clip of the song, dedicated to the Great North of the heart.

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