08-18-2022 | 18:33
Hagar Blau Makaroff
“Youth is not killed.” Mariano grows wrapped up in this phrase, as the most substantial legacy he receives from his uncles. Eight years after her aunt Hilda’s death, he returns to the house to empty it. There is no one else who can perform this task. The house of the uncles is a place where memories and ghosts dispute the memory of a country in the face of the destruction of the passage of time.
August 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the ferocious Trelew massacre. In Rosario you can see a documentary made by two people from Rosario about a home with a lot of history in Río Ceballos. Miguel and Hilda Polti experienced the misfortune of the murder of one of their sons in Trelew and their other son in a police confrontation in Córdoba. Despite the tragedies and transcending the pain, they opened the doors of their chalet to dozens of neighbors and relatives, and provided valuable documentation to HIJOS Córdoba, the Archivo de la Memoria and the Parque de la Memoria de Río Ceballos.
“La casa de los uncles” is the name of the documentary, which this August 26 will be seen at the Cairo Cinema at 8:30 p.m. with its creators, the filmmakers Verónica Rossi and Mariano Ravier, nephew of the protagonists of the story. Admission is free and free, to withdraw the same day a while before.
The official premiere of the documentary will be nothing less than the official act of commemoration in the city of Trelew, and is part of the activities that will take place throughout the month of August in that city of Chubut. Then it will be seen in Rawson, in Rosario, and in September in the Provincial Archive of Memory in the city of Córdoba, and in Río Ceballos, the city where the history of that particular dwelling takes place.
“Mariano’s brothers and cousins were very generous in this documentary, they indirectly participated in a support that was key to making it,” said Verónica Rossi about this production that “would not have been possible without their support.” In 2019 he won the scholarship from the National Fund for the Arts and also the scholarship from the Plan for the Promotion of Creative Industries of the Ministry of Culture of Santa Fe.
The film, which was shot for several years, finished that process now in 2020. “We got to shoot the last extra scenes before the pandemic began, in January 2020. When the total closure occurred, I dedicated myself to doing the editing at home, in a very laborious process,” recalled Verónica Rossi, in an interview that she gave Mirador as the reason for the screening of “La casa de los uncles” in Rosario.
The construction of a documentary is very difficult, the script is the product of the editing room, and on this, he analyzed: “I thought I was going to find the end of the fast ball, but the double function of director and editor was not easy for me. And in the middle of the pandemic, the various collaborators joined, who are many and without them this film would not have been possible.
Asked about how the pandemic confinement was worked on, Verónica analyzed: “The fact of being inside the house gave us more possibilities to be in the documentary, and also to generate pressure to obtain financial resources together with Mariano, since he is a sound engineer for public shows and was out of work for over a year. It was a creative excuse that helped us channel the uncertainty into the film project.”
He recalled about the last shoot last summer: “Something that happened to us is that when we went back to shoot this year it was that the boys were already many years older and it was a problem to re-record certain scenes. The first time we shot the little girl had two and a half years old and the boy 10 years old, and now they are 15 and 7 years old”.
50 years of Trelew
Verónica Rossi told this medium that this film, based on a family and unique story, also seeks to honor the memory of the 50 years since the Trelew Massacre occurred, since one of the director’s cousins Mariano Ravier was one of the 16 victims. shot.
The documentary, according to the filmmaker, will be part of the official ceremony 50 years after the Trelew Massacre in that city. It will have its official premiere there on August 20 and 21. In addition “it is going to integrate the network of memory sites so that it can be projected in each one in different cities of the country, it is an enormous opportunity that we hope to advance.”
On August 15, 1972, the historic escape of political prisoners from the Rawson Prison, Chubut, took place, organized by the political-military organizations Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR), People’s Revolutionary Army (ERP) and Montoneros.
A first group of only six militants was the only one that managed to carry out the plan successfully, the second group, of 19 people, was stranded at the airport, while a third planned group never managed to escape from the prison.
The 19 escaped people surrendered on August 16 before the military troops when they did not arrive in time to escape on a plane, and asked for public guarantees for their lives in the presence of journalists and judicial authorities.
They were then taken to the Almirante Zar Naval Air Base in Trelew, and in the early hours of August 22 they were shot by Navy guards, led by Lieutenant Commander Luis Emilio Sosa. Of the 19 only three survived, who were later also disappeared, already in the framework of the military dictatorship of ’76.
The technical team of the documentary
Executive producer: Ana Taleb
Editing and script: Verónica Rossi
Script advisor: Alfonso Gastiaburo
Voice over direction: Claudia Schujman
Sound postproduction: Santiago Zecca (ASA)
Color Post Production: Laura Viviani
Direction of photography and camera (Rosario): Lucas Pérez
Camera: Cecilia Sarmiento, Claudio Perrin
Direction of photography and camera (Río Ceballos): Verónica Rossi
Direct sound: Cristian Bobina, Mauro Chanampa, Tomás Grimaldi
Meritorious: Lucio Minigutti
Original Music: Pablo Sorini, Pablo Alfredo Vergara
Musicians: Martin Tessa, Javi Collet, Cristian Brandolin
Graphic design: Valija Studio
Translations: Jason Garner