SAN CAYETANO (EL SANTO DEL PUEBLO)

By Lino PUJIA

INDEPINDIEFILMS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2006


    • Year of production
    • 2006
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ARGENTINA, ITALY
    • Languages
    • SPANISH, ITALIAN
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 68 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Lino PUJIA
    • Writer(s)
    • Lino PUJIA
    • Producer(s)
    • Lino PUJIA
    • Synopsis
    • What links a 15 th Century, Venetian intellectual and cleric with the popular politics
      of 20 th Century Argentina? This documentary explores how Gaetano de Thiene, absorbed, with charitable works, religious orthodoxy and mysticism to become an iconic figure for the working class of Buenos Aires and Argentina, through the decades of Peronism and Junta. The film first examines the life of Gaetano and his socio-political significance in the context of his times. Then, with the use of fascinating archive material, the mass immigration of Italian labour into Argentina. The subsequent struggles for the soul of the nation are also documented. From this, emerges a telling account of the ambiguous position of ‘Saint Cayetano' as both figurehead for the oppressed masses and, for the ruling classes, as a useful means of distracting the people. The film ends with amazing footage of the simultaneous celebrations of Saint Cayetano in Naples and in Buenos Aires including the pilgrimage of more than a million Argentineans to the Church of San Cayetano.
    • Production schedule
    • 12-2002, 12-2005
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Dec 01, 2002
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