The Burial of the Dead
Director: Salomé Lamas
Section: The New Medium III: Multi-screen Cinema
Country: Portugal, Peru | Year: 2016
Language(s): Spanish | Time: 90 mins
Set in the Peruvian town of La Rinconada, at an altitude of 18,000 feet on the edge of a gold mine, this 90-minute feature is an ethnographic documentary, it’s landscape and observations expanded into a triptych format. The film opens with a long shot of workers entering and leaving the pit of a mine. Recording this constant movement, Lamas’ camera remains still, as the changing fortunes of the inhabitants are narrated through a mix of interviews, radio broadcasts, and songs elucidating precariousness and oppression. Beautifully paced, the film progresses from work to leisure, and then to ritual and healing; from long to mid and close shots, transcending some of the representational dilemmas that documentaries are often fraught with.
Salomé Lamas (b. 1987) studied cinema in Lisbon and Prague, visual arts in Amsterdam and is a PhD candidate in contemporary art studies in Coimbra. Her work has been screened at film festivals such as Berlinale, BAFICI, DocLisboa, Cinéma du Réel, Visions du Réel, Fid Marseille, and at art venues like MoMA, Museo Arte Reina Sofia, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Museum of Moving Images NY, Jewish Museum NY, Arsenal Institut fur Film und Videokunst, Viennale, Tate Modern, Bozar, ICA London, TBA 21 Foundation, CAC Vilnius, MALBA, FAEMA.