Villa de Leyva, Boyacá: The House that Octavio Built…

As the rain poured down in Villa de Leyva, Octavio Mendoza dreamt of building a house from the earth. In 1999, a year of chaos in Colombia, he dreamed of forging his own chaos, a positive chaos… a constructive chaos in the face of national loss and destruction.

¿Por qué fue tan divisivo el plebiscito de paz en Colombia?

A preliminary Spanish-language research project into the Colombian Peace deal, prior to my visit. Since travelling to the country, my understanding and conclusions have developed considerably: Colombia Peace Deal - Research Project (PDF)Download

Unravelling An Icon: Highlights From BFI Southbank’s Almodóvar Season

As the curtain falls on the BFI Southbank Pedro Almodóvar season, BritEs reflects on some of the highlights. Through this two-month series, coinciding with the international release of Almodóvar’s Oscar-nominated 'Julieta' (2016), BFI have brought us closer than ever to the contexts, concepts and realities of the icon behind the lens. With an expansive selection of screenings, guest... Continue Reading →

Moving Peru Forward: An Interview with the film-makers behind ‘When Two World’s Collide’ (2016)

This year, Yachaywasi Films takes us right to the heart of one of Peru’s most dramatic and controversial conflicts in recent history. When Two Worlds Collide documents the brutal culture clash between President Alan García’s government and the indigenous Amazonian community led by activist Alberto Pizango, a conflict where modernity and morality come face-to-face with deadly consequences.... Continue Reading →

Ragnar Kjartansson: Repetition runs riot

Hidden away behind the thick brutalist walls of the Barbican lies a miniature time loop. This overwhelming vortex of repeating imagery and sound is the brainchild of eccentric Icelandic perseverance artist Ragnar Kjartansson. An intriguing space where repetition runs riot… To say that Kjartansson’s performance art is about repetition is frankly an understatement. His work... Continue Reading →

Julieta (2016): A new era in Almodóvar?

Something’s changed on Almodóvar’s palette… and it’s not his colour. This provocative artist of the screen has picked up a thinner brush, drained out the playfulness, washed off the humour and left us with a much grittier side to his world. Indeed, the director sees Julieta (2016) as his first ‘pure drama’; a sinister come-down... Continue Reading →

Mona Hatoum: Discomforting Voice

Unease is a powerful language. The things that make us feel uncomfortable, which disconcert or threaten us… that’s the stuff that talks to us. And I think Mona Hatoum has this language down. She speaks discomfort with real boldness and fluency. Her career-summarising exhibition at the Tate is the mouthpiece for this language, and it... Continue Reading →

Frontera UK… Bringing Latin America to London

European festivals setting up shop in Latin America has become old news: Sónar (Spain) have done it, as have Mysteryland (Netherlands) and Creamfields (UK), and so many others. Yet, on Saturday 28th May, Chile’s Frontera Festivaldecided to buck the trend, by bringing Latin America to London! On a sunny Saturday in South-East London, Studio 338... Continue Reading →

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