Director: Jonathan Perel
Argentine, 2015, 82’, color
Spanish with Turkish and English subtitles
In the 1970s, Tucuman province in the northwest of Argentina was site to an armed rebellion of the rural working class. The uprising was violently dismantled by the country’s military, and to avoid any similar revolt in the future, the government relocated surviving indigenous peoples to four newly built settlements. It is in these four villages–each named after a different soldier who fell in the military response–that the film Toponimia takes place. Perel’s portrait offers only glimpses of the current inhabitants, their primary presence lying in the audio, while the camera records the fragile infrastructure that remains from the rapid planning forty years before.
I remembered a game as I was waiting in the passenger lounge for the ferry to arrive just a few minutes ago. A game we used to play at home when I was young, in my country that is very far away from here, a relic from the distant past; I don’t even remember how we used to play it. The kind of game that makes me feel a thousand times lonelier than I already am among the crowd waiting to get on the ferry.
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