In a deal negotiated by HBO Max acquisition SVP Leslie Cohen, the streaming platform has joined WarnerMedia OneFifty in its acquisition of the poignant Vee Bravo documentary “Primera,” a gripping look at the Chilean protests that Demonstrated a turning point for Chile. Combat the economic conflict caused by the Pinochet era.
As local activists and citizens work to upend stagnant systems and rewrite the constitution, the film is immersive, following the heartbeat of this pivotal moment, capitalizing on the global collective desire for positive change.
“How can we trust the definition of liberty in a constitution that was made at a time when the entire workforce was violently maintained?” Bravo related. “The past is important, it tells us how to act in the present. But that doesn’t mean we need outdated methods when coming up with solutions for the future. The concept of rewriting is there, which is why some amazing people have decided on pencil Put an eraser on.”
“Primera” received a OneFifty Artist Grant, which allowed for wider assistance in the development stage and strategic marketing and outreach.
“We were early supporters of the film before it was released,” Axel Caballero, vice president of arts and cultural innovation and head of OneFifty, said in a statement. “It is an honor to continue to share this powerful story of Chileans wanting to see a change of government and be a leader in this movement.”
The documentary features Bravo (“Estilo Hip Hop”) with Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer, and activist Catherine Gund (“On Hostile Ground”), founder and director of Aubin Pictures, and filmmaker Produced by Kevin Lopez (“Mind Up”). ), co-founder of LPZ Media.
It bowed globally at the Tribeca Film Festival, has its Latin American premiere at Sanfic 17 in 2021, and it also appeared at this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto as part of the Chilean Film Festival.
Over the summer, the creators held a series of screenings in cities across the U.S. as part of the Encuentro event, along with local leaders and Chilean representatives, led by members of the Mapuche community who are fighting for a fairer system. indispensable in the struggle.
“Our goal has always been to use this film as a tool to create a dialogue between movement leaders in Chile and their American counterparts; this is exactly what happened. Incredibly, the Chilean front line responsible for mobilizing thousands of people Women are doing similar work with women in Texas to stop violent deportations against immigrant families,” Bravo explained.
With an extensive background in community work, including organizing film and music shows for inmates on New York’s Lex Island, Bravo shot from a vibrant crowd rather than from the sidelines.
“I have a framework, I’m not just a filmmaker. I’m also involved in the movement because the other work I do is just to help uplift traditionally marginalized communities,” he said.
“I was born in Chile and I was one of the thousands who were forced to flee during the dictatorship. Although I don’t live in Chile now, I am an ally and close enough to the soul of that movement that I can reach And structure. It still needs to be built over time. We have a lot of off-camera dialogue before we get into spaces where there is tension, conflict.”
“Ultimately, as a filmmaker, you have to be involved as a human being, you are part of the community. A camera is a tool, but it’s not going to be central to your relationship with the participants,” he said. “A lot of times I don’t feel the need to pull out the camera because I notice that the participants are going through a critical moment where they need to maintain an intimate moment.”
Regarding the acquisition, Bravo said: “We realized this story was powerful and needed to be shared with the Chilean community so they could reflect on what they were going through. That was our core audience, but the rest of us were also involved in these struggles .”
“Hopefully hundreds of thousands, if not millions, on a platform that will share Chile’s story? It’s exciting,” he added.
The documentary will premiere on HBO Max on Sunday, September 4, the same day Chileans vote on the fate of a new constitution, a historic event that helps expand the global conversation around reform.
“I don’t want to be prescriptive. I don’t want to create propaganda. I don’t want to force you, and I don’t want to spoon-feed you. It’s more of a conversation start around what’s possible. For a more dignified way of life, Bravo mused. “I think these fundamental questions if we ask them enough, can lead to smart ideas. If there are enough people in the room or on the street. ”
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