Memoria Desmemoriada (Paraguay Remembered)


With a background in ethnography and psychology, French photographer and filmmaker Dominique Dubosc has been making nonfiction films and videos since the late 1960s. His new, feature-length film, PARAGUAY REMEMBERED, finds him returning for the first time in 40 years to the region that gave rise to his first films – the trilogy comprising KUARAHY OHECHA (1968), MANOJHARA (1969), and THE DAYS OF OUR DEATH (1970). As he wanders in Asuncion and meets old and new friends, fragments of memories he had forgotten are revived. The shooting process itself becomes the means to remember. Little by little, his memories take him back to a romantic encounter with a woman in Argentina. Incidents of oppression under dictatorship are intertwined with his private recollections. PARAGUAY REMEMBERED is both a penetrating portrait of a city and a society, and a haunting investigation into the mechanics and poetics of memory.

New York: Playing now at Anthology Film Archives.