WOMEN DANCE MEMORIES

PIEDRA LIBRE

By Alejandra VASSALLO, Pía SICARDI

FILMSTOFESTIVALS - as DISTR Theatrical, Festivals rights / PROD

Social issues - Completed 2015

Six women perform ancestral dances. They move, weaving recollections of a dictatorship that is still folded into their biographies, their memory, their bodies. If horror is the limit of language, then the dance is there like the underside of the fabric.

Festivals
& Awards

Festival UNASUR CINE 2012
WIP
Berkshire Conference on the History of Women 2014
WIP
Ventana Sur 2015
Video Library
Human Rights International Film Festival 2015
Argentinian Competition
Muestra de Cine Internacional Memoria Verdad Justicia 2015
International Ethnographic Film Festival of Recife 2015
Dhaka International Film Festival 2015
Women Directors
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Social issues, True Story, Documentary
    • Countries
    • ARGENTINA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 73 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Alejandra VASSALLO, Pía SICARDI
    • Writer(s)
    • Alejandra VASSALLO, Pía SICARDI, Vanina MILIONE NANET
    • Producer(s)
    • Alejandra VASSALLO (Piedra Libre), Pía SICARDI (Piedra Libre)
    • Synopsis
    • Six women perform ancestral dances. They move, weaving recollections of a dictatorship that is still folded into their biographies, their memory, and their bodies. If horror is the limit of language, then dance is there like the underside of the fabric. This auteur documentary tells the story of the Afro Dance Company Oduduwa, which since its inception inspired the growing participation of hundreds of dancers in street performances for Memory Day in Argentina.
      With poetic spirit and an aesthetics that links the most intimate detail with collective history, the beat of the drum moves us through an urban mosaic, different itineraries of a city (a country) of hybrid identity, of memory in construction. Like in the childhood game of hide-and-seek when we knew we were found, Piedra Libre proclaims “all in free” for the disappeared bodies. A camera hovers over hundreds of women dancing, pulls away like a soul leaving the body, or grazes the floor following each step with choreographic accuracy: the camera also dances.
      This documentary extends the limits of the genre and the edges of memory. As if guided by the very plasticity of the dance, it expands the matter of our identity, our memory. Piedra Libre is not just a movie to watch: in its spirit of collectiveness, like all that is real, it transpires in the body.
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