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The Hour of the Furnaces (1968)

Film screening

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Sun 21 May 2017

The Hour of the Furnaces (1968)

Film screening

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Sun 21 May 2017,

An impassioned three-part documentary of the liberation struggle waged throughout Latin America, The Hour of the Furnaces uses Argentina as an historical example of the imperialist exploitation of the continent. The first part, Neo-Colonialism and Violence, is an historical, geographic, and economic analysis of Argentina and Part Two, An Act For Liberation, examines the ten-year reign of Juan Perón (1945-55) and the activities of the Peronist movement after his fall from power. The final part, Violence and Liberation, studies the role of violence in the national liberation process and constitutes a call for action.

Made in clandestine circumstances under a dictatorship, back in the 1960s every screening of the film in Argentina was done so at great risk to create a ‘liberated space, a decolonised territory’ within which the film could be stopped for as long as necessary to allow discussions and debates. Several screenings lead to military confrontations. Indeed, to attend a screening was in itself a political act, transforming spectators into responsible historical subjects, not because they did or did not agree with the content of the film, but by virtue of the very decision to attend, despite the threat.

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