Today, i am feeling relieved because i applied to college and all of the stress is gradually lessening. However, i am a bit stressed over my documentary because i do not feel my footage captures the true essence of what i am trying to communicate to the viewers. I need to add more emotional aspects to my film, because the topic i am discussing is one that is so important to the history of Argentina, a country that i feel personally connected to. I am trying to create something that is powerful to all that watch, and trying to avoid creating something that seems too historical and that some find “boring.” I want to shed a light on a topic that is so important to me and the history of a country and its past events and ways of self expression that i feel have not been given enough attention and are not as widely recognized as they deserve to be.
Over Thanksgiving break, i plan to do a few more interviews. I will film footage of my father as he discusses street art of his childhood and how it affected him, as well as the events that shook his family when he was just a teen and his father was imprisoned. I will also interview an artists from Buenos Aires who is now living in Brooklyn and ask him questions about how street art has affected him and how it shapes Argentina today.
This was a quote that my grandfather said. This is important to me because one of the main things i discuss in my documentary is the Dirty War of Argentina and the victims from it. During the military regime, my grandfather published names of the victims who had disappeared or were killed during the dirty war in his newspaper. As a result, he was kidnapped and brought to prison where there he was tortured in horrific ways constantly. This quote is important in that it shows his courage and passion to stand up for what he believes in, even if it meant being tortured and separated from his family for many years.
This was a photo of graffiti pasted on a huge hospital wall. This was targeted at Evita Peron, actress and second wife of President Juan Peron. This was written by some people who were against Evita and Peronism while she was dying of cancer in the hospital. This meant “Hail Cancer,” because cancer was what killed Evita, which many of the anti-peronists were thankful for. This is an example of some of the terrible ways graffiti was used during a time of strife and chaos in Argentina.
I developed a timeline for my senior project with my mentor, Noah Engel.
TIMELINE FOR “WAR OF WALLS”
NOVEMBER 30: ALL FOOTAGE SHOT and ROUGH EDIT OF ALL SEQUENCES
DECEMBER 7: ROUGH CUT OF ENTIRE FILM
DECEMBER 14th: FINE CUT of FILM, Working towards Picture Lock
DECEMBER 18TH: PICTURE LOCK
WINTER BREAK: WORK ON SOUND AND TITLES
JANUARY 4th: FINAL PROJECT
January 7st: PROJECT DUE
This was graffiti i came across while i was being given a tour of street art throughout Argentina. I was told that this was written by a father who had lost custody of his children, Catalina and Thomas,and was put on a restraining order against them. His only way of communication was leaving messages of him throughout the walls of Buenos Aires in certain neighborhoods of the city. This was especially heart-breaking because the children responded to some of his messages saying “i love you dad.” No further information was given.