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Title: Personal Museums of Memory: The Recovery of Lost (National) Histories in the Uruguayan Documentaries Al pie del árbol blanco and El círculo
Author(s): Martin-Jones, David
Montañez, María Soledad
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Keywords: Uruguayan cinema
Museums of memory
Motion pictures Latin America
Motion pictures Social aspects Latin America
Motion pictures Uruguay
Issue Date: Jan-2013
Date Deposited: 22-May-2013
Citation: Martin-Jones D & Montañez MS (2013) Personal Museums of Memory: The Recovery of Lost (National) Histories in the Uruguayan Documentaries Al pie del árbol blanco and El círculo. Latin American Perspectives, 40 (1), pp. 73-87.
Abstract: Two Uruguayan documentaries, Al pie del árbol blanco (2007) and El círculo (2008), engage with the process of uncovering or recovering the recent past under military rule in Uruguay (1973-1985). Rather than following the established documentary convention of deploying archival footage, both films use a variety of cinematographic techniques to depict present-day places in an effort to reconstruct links between the past and the present. Contextualized in relation to the recent construction of museums of memory in the public sphere in countries such as Uruguay and Argentina, these documentaries construct two very personal virtual (in the sense of cinematic rather than physical) "museums of memory." In this way they illustrate how individual attempts to reconstruct the lost past can fill in the gaps in official recollections of history. Dos documentales uruguayos, Al pie del árbol blanco (2007) y El círculo (2008) abordan el proceso de descubrimiento y recuperación del pasado reciente bajo mando militar en el Uruguay (1973 -1985). En vez de seguir convenciones establecidas en el documental desplegando metraje de archivo, ambas películas usan una variedad de técnicas cinematográficas para representar lugares actuales en un esfuerzo para reconstruir vínculos entre el pasado y el presente. En el contexto relacionado con la construcción de museos de la memoria en el ámbito público en países como el Uruguay y la Argentina, estos documentales construyen dos muy personales "museos virtuales (en el sentido cinematográfico al opuesto del físico) de la memoria." De modo de que ilustran cómo es que los esfuerzos individuales para reconstruir un pasado perdido llenan los vacíos en el recuerdo oficial de la historia.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0094582X12460493
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