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Dark Matter: Collective, Singular and Parodic Resistance

  • The Egyptian Theater 6712 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90028 United States (map)

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 7:30pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Ism, Ism, Ism: Dark Matter: Collective, Singular and Parodic Resistance
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

INFO:, 323-377- 7238

Created during and between military coups, civil wars, diverse authoritarian regimes, and
invasions led by the United States, experimental cinema in Latin America has not escaped the impact diverse forms of social upheavals and violence. In many of these contexts, resistance, even social commentary, can be a precarious, even dangerous, project, and tonight’s program surveys some of these expressions. In the war-torn El Salvador of 1980, the collective “Los Vagos” shot documentaries and one fiction film, Zona intertidal, a poetic treatment of the politically motivated assassination of a leftist professor by death squads. In 2014, in the town of Iguala, in Southern Mexico, 43 students from a rural teachers’ college were detained by the military and handed over to a local criminal organization. Forensic specialists have only been able to identify the remains of two of the students among the numerous mass graves excavated during the ensuing search for clues to their disappearance, a process which Bruno Varela comments upon in Materia Oscura (2016). Zigmunt Cedinsky takes a satirical approach in La Guerra sin fin (I’m very Happy) (2006), while the Colombian filmmaker Camilo Restrepo’s Impresión de una Guerra (2015) visits textile factories, tattoo parlors, print shops, and punk rock concerts to offer up an essayistic reflection on the lasting legacies of decades on his homeland.

Tickets: $10 general; $6 for students/seniors; free for Filmforum members. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at or at the door.
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Zona intertidal
Grupo Los Vagos,  
1980, 14 min, 16mm, El Salvador  

Paz Encina
2016, 7 min, digital, Paraguay

Materia Oscura
Bruno Varela
2016, 8 min, digital, Mexico
US Premiere!

Post-Military Cinema
Bea Santiago Muñoz
2014, 11 min., HD video, Puerto Rico. 

La Guerra sin fin (I’m very happy) / The Unfinished war (I’m very happy)  
Zigmunt Cedinsky
2006, 7:30 min, 35mm, Venezuela.  

Impresión de una Guerra
Camilo Restrepo
2015. 26 min., Colombia/Francia.  
California Premiere!

This screening is part of Los Angeles Filmforum’s screening series Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine experimental en América Latina). Ism, Ism, Ism is an unprecedented, five-month film series—the first in the U.S.—that surveys Latin America’s vibrant experimental production from the 1930s through today. Revisiting classic titles and introducing recent works by key figures and emerging artists, Ism, Ism, Ism takes viewers on a journey through a wealth of materials culled from unexpected corners of Latin American film archives. Key historical and contemporary works from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, México, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the United States will be featured. Many of the works in the series are largely unknown in the United States and most screenings will include national and area premieres, with many including Q&A discussions with filmmakers and scholars following the screening. The film series will continue through January 2018 at multiple venues, organized by Filmforum.

Ism, Ism, Ism is accompanied by a bilingual publication, Ism, Ism, Ism / Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Jesse Lerner and Luciano Piazza, editors, University of California Press, 2017) placing Latino and Latin American experimental cinema within a broader dialogue that explores different periods, cultural contexts, image-making models, and considerations of these filmmakers within international cinema. Available worldwide,

Ism, Ism, Ism is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Explore more at,, and 

Lead support for Ism, Ism, Ism is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.  

Significant additional support comes from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.  

Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. 


This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.  

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2017 is our 42nd year. 

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