Potosi, The Journey

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Potosi, The Journey

In 1970 after their Buenos Aires wedding, Ron and Jacqueline went on a journey to the Andes with backpacks and still cameras. Crossing Bolivia, on their way to Cuzco, they discovered the city of Potosi. 29 years later they return to the same places, this time with their three daughters. This is a journey into the city of Potosi as well as the story of this family. Potosi was once one of the largest and richest cities in the world, symbolizing the wealth to which western culture aspired. For the millions of indigenous people who were forced to work in the depths of the mountain, Potosi was the gate to Hell. After its silver mines were drained, Potosi was left poor and forgotten. Static and silent black and white reconstructed images of the voyage of 1970 are juxtaposed with the color footage from 1999. In the transition from black and white to color and from silence to a rich and full sound dimension, the director’s worldview changes.

Festivals and Awards:

Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 2006; Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Documentary, at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2007; Runner-Up Prize at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan, 2007; Berlinale International Forum for New Cinema, Germany, 2007; Grand Prix at the Era New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland, 2007; Jeon-Ju International Film Festival, Korea, 2007; Cines del Sur Granada, Spain, 2007; La Rochelle International Film Festival, France, 2007; Paris Cinéma, France, 2007; Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada, 2007; Ghent Flanders International Film Festival, Belgium, 2007; Sao Paolo International Film Festival, Brazil, 2007; Montreal Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire, Canada, 2007

Director: Ron Havilio

Producer: Ron Havilio, Patrick Sobelman

Cinematographer: Ron Havilio, Yael Havilio

Editor: Mela Marquez, Ron Havilio

Soundtrack Editor: Jorge Stavropulos, Javier Stavropulos

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, ARTE France, the Soros Documentary Fund, Centre National de la Cinematographie France

Subtitles: Hebrew, English, French

Film Name in Hebrew: פוטוסי, זמן מסע

In 1970 after their Buenos Aires wedding, Ron and Jacqueline went on a journey to the Andes with backpacks and still cameras. Crossing Bolivia, on their way to Cuzco, they discovered the city of Potosi. 29 years later they return to the same places, this time with their three daughters. This is a journey into the city of Potosi as well as the story of this family. Potosi was once one of the largest and richest cities in the world, symbolizing the wealth to which western culture aspired. For the millions of indigenous people who were forced to work in the depths of the mountain, Potosi was the gate to Hell. After its silver mines were drained, Potosi was left poor and forgotten. Static and silent black and white reconstructed images of the voyage of 1970 are juxtaposed with the color footage from 1999. In the transition from black and white to color and from silence to a rich and full sound dimension, the director’s worldview changes.

Festivals and Awards:

Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 2006; Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Documentary, at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2007; Runner-Up Prize at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan, 2007; Berlinale International Forum for New Cinema, Germany, 2007; Grand Prix at the Era New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland, 2007; Jeon-Ju International Film Festival, Korea, 2007; Cines del Sur Granada, Spain, 2007; La Rochelle International Film Festival, France, 2007; Paris Cinéma, France, 2007; Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada, 2007; Ghent Flanders International Film Festival, Belgium, 2007; Sao Paolo International Film Festival, Brazil, 2007; Montreal Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire, Canada, 2007

Director: Ron Havilio

Producer: Ron Havilio, Patrick Sobelman

Cinematographer: Ron Havilio, Yael Havilio

Editor: Mela Marquez, Ron Havilio

Soundtrack Editor: Jorge Stavropulos, Javier Stavropulos

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, ARTE France, the Soros Documentary Fund, Centre National de la Cinematographie France

Subtitles: Hebrew, English, French

Film Name in Hebrew: פוטוסי, זמן מסע

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